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19 July 2006 @ 09:16 am
Less than fun ways to wake up in the morning  
#1 Literally screaming in pain.

I had previously attributed my occasional leg cramps to alcohol-induced dehydration. However, last night I didn't drink at all. I did have two cups of coffee early in the evening, but I also had a fair bit of water. Oh well, the extreme agony was quickly replaced with a dull ache that will have me limping for a couple of days. I think I startled the cat.

In other fun news, last night's sore throat became this morning's wheezing sore throat. Naturally I reached for the Ventolin, but that only served to set off a coughing fit which ended in me discharging an unnatural amount of phlegm. TMI, I'm sure, but the point is that I am both sick and in pain.

Whinge, whinge, whinge.
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Steph: Bugger-Jack/PotC_megalomania_ on July 18th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC)
Ouch :(

I'm sure I'm stating the obvious here but...perhaps you should see a doctor about this. People get leg cramps for a variety of reasons and you might need to find out why you're getting them before you can work out a way to get rid of them.

My mother used to suffer from painful leg cramps and her doctor told her it was due to a lack of potassium in her diet. He advised her to eat bananas (!) and the leg cramps went away. This may or may not be useful to you, but I figured I'd share it anyway :P

(Also: found this on a website...)

"Most commonly, cramps can be avoided by increasing your intake of calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Both calcium and magnesium can be taken in the form of a supplement, but it is recommended that potassium levels be increased through the intake of more fruits and vegetables. People with certain medical conditions may be at risk in taking potassium supplements. Potassium can be found in cantaloupes, bananas, tomatoes, grapefruits and orange juice."

*hugs*
Jacobyak_boy on July 19th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
Well, I only get them from time-to-time. And the last time I asked a doctor he was decidedly unhelpful. Of course, it was at an overworked community health centre - and it was a last-minute question as we were basically shuffling out the door.