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What can cause muscle cramps in legs and arms?

I have a muscle-cramping feeling in my forearms and calves, and I'm wondering if it's some type of vitamin-related problem. Any thoughts? What could cause a lactic-acid feeling in random parts of the body, like my calves and forearms? No lifestyle changes, BTW.

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Asked by SlightlyPerfect at 10:09 PM on Aug. 8, 2009 in Health

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  • this part of the year? dehydration most likely

    Answer by hibbingmom at 10:13 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • I want to know 2. I have had a cramp in my leg for 3 days...its annoying. Hope someone has an idea...

    Answer by JacobsMommy05 at 10:13 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • I've heard inadequate calcium, or poor circulation. I've also heard that if you use a muscle too much and don't stretch afterward while it is still warm that it increases the chance of it hurting after exercise. So I am thinking that this is a problem that you need to take to your doctor to rule out calcium or circulation problems. Good luck!

    Answer by Bmat at 10:13 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • eat some bananas and drink some powerade

    Answer by staciandababy at 10:15 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • I think dehydration definitely.

    Answer by flowerchid72 at 10:19 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • Muscle cramps are often a sign of potassium deficiency.

    staciandababy's suggestion to eat a banana was a good one.


    Answer by timelessglass at 10:45 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • I was also going to suggest eating a banana and other potassium-rich foods. My DH gets severe muscle cramps, especially in his legs, when he hasn't been ingesting enof potassium.

    Answer by PSMother at 10:49 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • sounds like dehydration.

    I just did a charity 30k walk and ended up with severe foot leg cramps because of dehydration - and eventually managed to end up with a stress fracture in my foot from it (OOOWWWWWW!)

    drink lots of water, and lots of gatorade or something else to get your electrolytes up (but not too much), and have a banana.

    my dr has put me on a 2 banana a day diet to help control the potassium in my system.

    Answer by hypermamaz at 10:56 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • staciandbaby hit the nail on the head

    my ob told me to drink gatorade or powerade and eat a banana before bed

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 11:09 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • You may need more potassium and to keep hydrated.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 12:31 AM on Aug. 9, 2009

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