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Old 03-28-2013, 07:37 PM   #1
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Dh has had a history of body cramps. Sometimes at night, sometimes in middle of activity. They were always after a really long work day (like a 15 hr stagehand gig) or a few hot hours of landscaping.
One time before we met, he was working a gig in tx and his whole body cramped up and he drank 9 bottles of pedialyte and was fine. Other times, if he takes cal/mag regularly, he's ok or if he cramps and I give him sleep calm, it can help.
So, he was super skinny before and would only get the cramps for the above mentioned reasons. Now he is...about twice the size he should be and is getting them daily. Sometimes it's at night and its a leg or groin cramp. Other times he's just getting out of the car or shifting funny and gets stomach or side cramps.
It might be both electrolyte and vit deficiency, but I need any ideas you have.
If it's mainly electrolyte than I need better options. For the record, he is a huge water drinker, like 1-2 gallons a day, easy. No soda, oj about once a month, tea when we are out. That's it. He can't do Gatorade, it gives him heartburn. I'm all for natural ideas (buying him pedialyte today is the first time I've ever bought that type of thing and I have 6 kids!). I also can't buy a $6 thing of that every day!

Ideas? Tips?
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It sounds like he isn't absorbing nutrients like he should. Has he seen a GI Dr? You can also make your own pedialyte solution with water, baking soda and salt? You can google it and find a few recipes. Maybe drinking a quart a day and a multi vitamin until he can get checked out would be better than just water all day. mama

ETA: the cramps sound like he's low on potassium. Bananas are high in vitK but I think dried apricots and dates are higher.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:50 PM   #3
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Haven't been to a doc. Just recently got insurance. That's what I've been thinking. It happens to his mom too and he also has this thing where he can get heartburn from the oddest things (like sugar). I wonder what would cause the non-absorption. And it's worse with his weight but his mom is skinny and still gets it.

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It sounds like he isn't absorbing nutrients like he should. Has he seen a GI Dr? You can also make your own pedialyte solution with water, baking soda and salt? You can google it and find a few recipes. Maybe drinking a quart a day and a multi vitamin until he can get checked out would be better than just water all day. mama

ETA: the cramps sound like he's low on potassium. Bananas are high in vitK but I think dried apricots and dates are higher.
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Oh yeah forgot to add he does lots of bananas. He can't do dried fruit or regular apricots (allergy). I've made some natural stuff when my 2 yr old had norovirus, and I told him I should make that for him.

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Old 03-28-2013, 09:07 PM   #5
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Re: Help- electrolyte imbalance or vit deficiency or ?

I would definitely get a full blood work and go from there with a physician. Not sure what would cause that but doesn't sound comfortable at all
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My dad gets something similar and has found that tonic water helps. It's sometimes a lack of quinine that causes it. Cheap and easy fix, but it has to be consumed daily.

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Oh interesting! We have some leg cramp pills with quinine in it. That used to be the go-to for cramps so ill def try that too, thanks!

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Re: Help- electrolyte imbalance or vit deficiency or ?

Drinking that much could be lowering his electrolyte balance.
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Re: Help- electrolyte imbalance or vit deficiency or ?

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Drinking that much could be lowering his electrolyte balance.
She's right. He could be over hydrating. It happens to distance runners on occasion.

Nuun makes a sugar free (and artificial sweetener free) electrolyte drink.
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Re: Help- electrolyte imbalance or vit deficiency or ?

My first thought would be a potassium imbalance. Bananas are high in potassium (although they are low in vit k but vit k isn't related to muscle contraction.
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