July 20, 2013

Leg Cramps

A while ago, I asked for input regarding a recent problem I've been having...terrible leg cramps while I'm sleeping.  Typically my entire calf will seize up and it's really painful.  I can usually still feel a lingering tenderness the following day.  It has happened more than once so I figured it wasn't an anomaly and I needed to pay it more attention to resolve the issue once and for all.  I'm lucky to work in a place where I have easy access to health professionals so I solicited input from several - a dietitian, physical therapist and athletic trainer.  I got slightly different answers from each but the theme was the same...all diet and hydration related.

Do you have any other remedies that work for keeping cramps at bay?


  1. When I was younger I used to get those kind of cramps and was told hydration is key and that drinking orange juice would help. I have no idea if there is any scientific validity to the orange juice thing, but I did drink it along with more water to get the cramps to stop.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion. I've been working really hard on my hydration lately and that seems to be helping some.

  2. My husband and I use salt tablets to prevent muscle cramps during ultras. I usually attribute the cramping to needing more water. When I was in the hospital waiting for surgery I had the worst cramps ever in my legs. The dr. said it was dehydration which at the time was being caused by something they gave me for surgery. I'll never forget that experience!

    I hope you find something that helps.