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  • Buckshott00
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    Originally posted by Buckshott00 View Post
    Cramps are largely caused by an electrolyte imbalance. It largely presents when people are dehydrated because your body goes into what's known as "hyponatremia" and / or "hypokalemia" low blood sodium or potassium, hence the banana comment.

    Do yourself a favor and skip the pickle juice. Try some gatorade and daily stretching instead. I used to get wicked cramps in my calves. Have to do the stretching. If regular Gatorade is too sweet, dry the low sugar variety or Propel.
    Jimbo it definitely is; it all falls under various electrolyte imbalance conditions. I understand ATP and the Phosphate Ion's role in muscle contraction, but it's not the whole story.

    Chemically Potassium is 4X as potent as Sodium, but they have similar but different transport mechanisms within the body. Whether it is Hyponatremia, hypokalemia, hypocalcemia(low blood calcium) or Hypomagnesemia (low blood magnesium), when the positively or negatively charged electrolytes gather too much in one area you'll get cramps, if there's not enough free transport of the those ions you'll get cramps.
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hyponatremia/symptoms-causes/syc-20373711

    What I do for my calf cramps, and thank God with the stretches it's been a long time; is grab the cramping muscle in an absolute vise-like pinch grip and massage it as best I can. Stretching man, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I never want to spend another day limping around because my calf muscles are acting up.

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  • pineywoods
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    Originally posted by Treestand View Post
    I get the old Lady to Play On the @%$#& and the stiff cramp goes away. LOL
    Thank You Mis, Toni Santa will be good TO YOU:-))
    Fella asked his buddy if he'd ever really and truly hated anybody. When the buddy replied "No", he said, "Then you've never been in love, have you?"

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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    Originally posted by Ontario Honker Hunter View Post
    Increase your calcium intake. More milk or even Tums. Yesterday I had a bit of cramping starting up in hamstring at the end of a long day up and down ravines hunting pheasants with Opal. I drained a quart of 1% when I returned to motel + some eggnog. No problems sleeping or during super long day today hunting all three dogs individually.
    You're welcome.

    "Loss of fluids, salts, and minerals—especially sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium—can disrupt ion balances in both muscle and nerves. This imbalance can prevent the muscles and nerves from responding and recovering normally and can lead to cramping."

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  • MattM37
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    Originally posted by Treestand View Post
    I get the old Lady to Play On the @%$#& and the stiff cramp goes away. LOL
    Thank You Mis, Toni Santa will be good TO YOU:-))
    Sometimes it's the love itself that hurts.

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  • MattM37
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    Originally posted by Buckshott00 View Post
    Cramps are largely caused by an electrolyte imbalance. It largely presents when people are dehydrated because your body goes into what's known as "hyponatremia" and / or "hypokalemia" low blood sodium or potassium, hence the banana comment.

    Do yourself a favor and skip the pickle juice. Try some gatorade and daily stretching instead. I used to get wicked cramps in my calves. Have to do the stretching. If regular Gatorade is too sweet, dry the low sugar variety or Propel.
    I strongly second the stretching advice. As I get into my upper forties, I've been noticing a big difference when I do stretch vs. when I don't. And both of my geezer older brothers have always said that.

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  • jhjimbo
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    Originally posted by 99explorer View Post
    Hydration is one of the keys to prevention, but when the cramp strikes, I find that immediately standing on the affected foot/leg relieves the cramp immediately.
    99, I wrote my ans. before seeing yours. The procedure works for me as well.

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  • jhjimbo
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    Originally posted by Buckshott00 View Post
    Cramps are largely caused by an electrolyte imbalance. It largely presents when people are dehydrated because your body goes into what's known as "hyponatremia" and / or "hypokalemia" low blood sodium or potassium, hence the banana comment.

    Do yourself a favor and skip the pickle juice. Try some gatorade and daily stretching instead. I used to get wicked cramps in my calves. Have to do the stretching. If regular Gatorade is too sweet, dry the low sugar variety or Propel.
    Buckeroo, it is not the sodium that causes cramps, it's the potassium and magnesium. Eat a banana and/or make a routine of taking multi vitamins rich in Potassium and Magnesium.
    BTW, if I get the least sensation I am going to get a cramp, I immediately (like in 1 or 2 sec) jump out of bed and put weight on that leg. It never reaches a painful level - works for me. A uncovered leg in a cool room can bring on a cramp. Basically, the muscle is calling for more blood.

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  • Gary Devine
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    Originally posted by Ontario Honker Hunter View Post
    Increase your calcium intake. More milk or even Tums. Yesterday I had a bit of cramping starting up in hamstring at the end of a long day up and down ravines hunting pheasants with Opal. I drained a quart of 1% when I returned to motel + some eggnog. No problems sleeping or during super long day today hunting all three dogs individually.
    Thanks you Honk, for those few good ideas.

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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    Increase your calcium intake. More milk or even Tums. Yesterday I had a bit of cramping starting up in hamstring at the end of a long day up and down ravines hunting pheasants with Opal. I drained a quart of 1% when I returned to motel + some eggnog. No problems sleeping or during super long day today hunting all three dogs individually.

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  • 99explorer
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    Originally posted by 99explorer View Post
    Hydration is one of the keys to prevention, but when the cramp strikes, I find that immediately standing on the affected foot/leg relieves the cramp immediately.
    Gary - There are some petty little men over at F&S who ding every comment made by people they don't like. They also visit this site, probably for the same reason.
    I don't even look at the thumb boxes anymore.

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  • FirstBubba
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    I get cramps or muscle spasms in my thighs at night occasionally.
    Staying hydrated helps. Nothing works better than plain old H2O!
    There is nothing wrong with the stuff buckshott00 suggested. The main thing is, "what works best for you"!
    When crapns/spasms wake me late at night, I hit the shower and use the hand sprayer with water as hot as I can stand it to massage the cramps away.
    Some say ice packs. They just don't seem to work for me.

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  • Gary Devine
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    Originally posted by 99explorer View Post
    Hydration is one of the keys to prevention, but when the cramp strikes, I find that immediately standing on the affected foot/leg relieves the cramp immediately.
    99, did you pee some dingers off over F&S.
    Last time I checked F&S some nitwit user was talking about hiring call girls for a good time.
    I dinged him.

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  • Gary Devine
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    Originally posted by Buckshott00 View Post
    Cramps are largely caused by an electrolyte imbalance. It largely presents when people are dehydrated because your body goes into what's known as "hyponatremia" and / or "hypokalemia" low blood sodium or potassium, hence the banana comment.

    Do yourself a favor and skip the pickle juice. Try some gatorade and daily stretching instead. I used to get wicked cramps in my calves. Have to do the stretching. If regular Gatorade is too sweet, dry the low sugar variety or Propel.
    Thanks, They make low sugar Gatorade. It taste good.
    Plus 3 for taking the time.

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  • Buckshott00
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    Cramps are largely caused by an electrolyte imbalance. It largely presents when people are dehydrated because your body goes into what's known as "hyponatremia" and / or "hypokalemia" low blood sodium or potassium, hence the banana comment.

    Do yourself a favor and skip the pickle juice. Try some gatorade and daily stretching instead. I used to get wicked cramps in my calves. Have to do the stretching. If regular Gatorade is too sweet, dry the low sugar variety or Propel.

    Leave a comment:


  • Treestand
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    Originally posted by Treestand View Post
    I get the old Lady to Play On the @%$#& and the stiff cramp goes away. LOL
    Thank You Mis, Toni Santa will be good TO YOU:-))
    A little bit of love makes the hurt & the world go round...wink,wink:-))

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