My word, do I get cramps! I’m talking full contraction, writhing in pain cramps. They happen during exercise and, even worse, while I’m sleeping. The ones that hit my calves when I am asleep can be felt for 2-3 days after the incident.
I have tried just about everything under the sun. I sweat a lot so I hydrate constantly, I use EFS for at least half of my water during exercise, I eat more bananas than a monkey, I eat a lot of dark greens (including at least 3 protein shakes a week made with Trader Joe’s Power to the Greens mix of kale, spinach, and one other green and coconut water). I’ve even tried drinking pickle juice! Some times I think that is enough and then I go through a mysterious “bad spell” where I cramp again at the drop of a hat. It was so bad a few weeks ago that my HANDS cramped up during TRX and I could barely move my fingers for a few minutes (I swear it wasn’t me giving my trainer the finger during a hard move, it was the cramps!! 🙂 )
Obviously, I can’t go on like this. I’ve talked to various doctors and sports nutrition people and they all go “huh, it’s a puzzle all right”. Thanks, guys!
In my quest to figure this nonsense* out, I’ve added a magnesium supplement to my nighttime routine – in addition to everything I’m already doing. Word of caution, magnesium can have unexpected digestive consequences so start out with a super low dose and gradually increase it. I’m up to taking a teaspoon a night and, knock wood, I haven’t had any cramps in a week. I’m also stretching A LOT – in between classes, after my runs, and before bed – and that might be helping as well. I seriously hope I have finally found my answer to this mess*!
Are you a cramper? How do you manage it? Have you found anything that works?
*I’m trying to swear less…