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Charlie horse - Why are my calves pulling?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 17, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I'm not sure what to do. I was wondering if anyone here knows of a quick fix. I also have to re-check what vits and minerals I may be missing now that I'm kind of solidifying a daily/weekly diet. But it is getting more common and my muscles (I don't even go running really anymore) are getting pulled mult times a day. Can anyone recommend a quick fix?

Thanks

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on August 17, 2012
at 12:24 PM

I also take magnesium before bed on wo days,helps me with cramping

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on August 17, 2012
at 11:12 AM

That's a good call. Usually something like this is due to a mineral deficiency. Also, are you getting enough water? I'll cramp like crazy if I'm even the least bit dehydrated...

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on August 17, 2012
at 11:10 AM

I heard this advice too, but I've been eating a banana a day for a few days and it hasn't fixed it.. I know I'm missing at least vitamin D. I will do a complete work-up of what I'm getting (via fitday or nutritiondata) and let you guys know the results.

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on August 17, 2012
at 11:34 AM

For me, personally, it was a magnesium issue. A simple magnesium supplement once a day had eliminated the problem.

Fd1c5e35538fbe2ea5eccb8acd7ae546

(496)

on August 17, 2012
at 12:24 PM

I also take magnesium before bed on wo days,helps me with cramping

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E3474e4efbcc6c1deab28e268ad6eb01

on August 17, 2012
at 11:04 AM

It is very possible that you are low on potassium. I used to have the same problem until I got this advice and added a banana to my post workout meal. This seems to be a common problem in the paloe community since we don't get as much potassium in our diets. (It's used as a preservative in a lot of SAD foods.)

E3474e4efbcc6c1deab28e268ad6eb01

(341)

on August 17, 2012
at 11:12 AM

That's a good call. Usually something like this is due to a mineral deficiency. Also, are you getting enough water? I'll cramp like crazy if I'm even the least bit dehydrated...

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

(468)

on August 17, 2012
at 11:10 AM

I heard this advice too, but I've been eating a banana a day for a few days and it hasn't fixed it.. I know I'm missing at least vitamin D. I will do a complete work-up of what I'm getting (via fitday or nutritiondata) and let you guys know the results.

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on August 20, 2012
at 01:58 AM

That happened to me as well. One cramp turned into a pulled muscle that was so painfull I could barely walk for a week. Anyway, I had to up my magnesium with a supplement nightly, add extra iron in the form of red meat, and increased my potassium by eating an avocado every day along with lots of spinach with every meal. Haven't had any problems since.

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on August 17, 2012
at 10:32 AM

Your bare foot on a cold floor should "shock" things back to normal...

My personal fix was salt. I was taking in far less than I had thought, so now, I make sure to have a meal or two and don't skimp out on a heavy dose of the sodium.

For what it's worth.

Truth.

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on August 20, 2012
at 02:23 AM

I get charlie horses when I'm low on magnesium, and my mom gets them when she is low on calcium. So, like others have said, I'd suspect you could be low on a mineral.

I've had good luck taking calmag citrate an hour or two before bed for relief (straight up magnesium citrate gives me nightmares, but for some reason the blend with calcium doesn't). I also seem to not get not get charlie horses at all when I drink high mineral, mineral water like Gerolsteiner on a semi-regular basis.

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on August 17, 2012
at 11:28 AM

I switched all of my salt intake to Celtic sea salt and it fixed mine.

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on August 17, 2012
at 11:15 AM

Its most likely to be neural in nature. Some people get sciatica/numbness, others end up like this will pulls as CNS fires the muscle much harder than it needs to.

Foam role and stretch the glutes, Youtube neural stretching, go see a physio! and quick.

Regards, Nari

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