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I want to find the cause of my Leg Cramps.I have repeatedly asked my Physician to order Potassium,Magnesium,Iron and Sodium Labs,but he refuses!
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At a recent Emergency visit,it states on the Nurse Triage Medical Records Potential Fluid Volume deficit and Doctor's Notes Electrolyte abnormality.The Nurse or Doctor never made mention,and I don't have a clue why they suspected.
Whilst at Emergency an ABG,Arterial Blood Gas was performed.All levels were normal except my HCO3-#,which I believe is Bicarbonate.Mine was elevated at 25.20 MMOL/L.Normal range is 18.00-23.00 MMOL/L.

I read on wikipedia,"Hyperbicarbonatemia is an Electrolyte disturbance in which there is an abnormally elevated level of Bicarbonate in the Blood.This is associated with Alkalosis,Hypercapnia."

I'm wondering if this elevation of Bicarbonate is playing a role in my Myalgia or Muscle Cramps.Nothing I seem to be doing is easing my discomfort.

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Wikipedia lists four compounds that make up HCO3, which makes me believe that any one of them could cause the imbalance. If it involves fluids, it's probably an excess of sodium or a lack of potassium. This is just a guess on my part. I wonder if this isn't a condition caused by not drinking enough water to flush toxins out of the system?


Bicarbonate compounds:

Sodium bicarbonate
Potassium bicarbonate
Calcium bicarbonate
Ammonium bicarbonate
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Nightowl,
My slightly elevated HCO3 is more than likely a lack of Potassium.It couldn't possibly be an excess of Salt,because I don't eat much.If/when I do,it is Celtic Sea Salt.I failed to include another Water I drink..Dasani..It could also very well be not drinking enough Water to flush Toxins out or not drinking the "right" type of Water..
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Chatterbox, I am really too tied up to write much right now, but you can order blood tests at Life Extension if you can afford to pay for them yourself...if you live in the US.
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Nightowl,
Yes,I know about LEF.If my Doctor won't order the Tests,then I will have no other choice but to order myself.

Thank you for suggesting
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I've discovered the tremendous (and very inexpensive plus readily available!) benefits of Epsom salts.
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Magnesium sulfate is the scientific name of this home remedy. Found in Epsom, England, it is actually a mineral compound, not a salt. It lacks color and looks like a crystal, making it appear more like a salt than a mineral. Magnesium is used in multiple systems within the body. It serves as a regulator for more than 325 enzymes, according to SaltWorks. The sulfates in Epsom salt help the body absorb nutrients, flush out toxins and form proteins and muscle tissue.


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Epsom salt can enter the body two ways: absorbed through the skin or ingested. Soaking in Epsom salt increases the body's supply of magnesium and its serotonin levels, which elevates mood, reports the Epsom Salt Council. When ingested, it is in the form of a water solution that may look milky. Magnesium and sulfates are sometimes hard to get from food through the digestive tract, whereas skin absorption is an effective delivery system.

From my studies, I've learned that magnesium deficiency is pretty common in our current society. Magnesium is vital to the healthy operation of our bodies, and a deficiency causes a host of ills and related symptoms.

This article by Dr. Mark Hyman is excellent for an understanding of magnesium's role in health: Magnesium: Meet the Most Powerful Relaxation Mineral Available


In closing, if you like baths, I highly recommend taking an Espsom salt bath before bed. Ooh yeah! It is SO relaxing and as you'll read in Dr. Hyman's article, magnesium is the "relaxation mineral" because it's a key to muscle functioning and muscle's ability to relax... I've found it SO true. And to make your bath even more heavenly, look for lavender Epsom salts or add a few drops of lavender oil. You'll be amazed at how much better you feel and sleep!

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Hi bb,
Haven't seen you in a while. Hope all is well.
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Yes, things are going great, thanks! Hope you are doing fine as well

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Hi BB, good to hear from you, been missing you! I'm with you on the Epsom Salt, excellent for a relaxing back/sore muscles. Used along with my Magnesium Citrate supplement and Mag Oil...I'm covered!
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Physical activity is essential to ward off leg cramps..

I'd rule out dehydration electrolyte or hormonal imbalance.

This link is really great for explaining just how important it is to keep your mineral ratios in check and the damage you can do by over supplementing or supplementation when it's not needed..
https://www.acu-cell.com/mr.html

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Oh, in my work I have seen some patients come into hospice using homeopathic combination remedies that they swear by for leg cramps. These are some of the last medicines to be taken by ... remember most of these patients can't even get in a a bath tub or do all that we might to relieve leg crams.

some of the homeopathic preparations have quinine in them. Im thinking that Hylands might make one of them.
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Ive stopped having leg cramps since Ive stopped the soda and coffee. Not having a bathtub with leg cramps would be terrible! the only way I would be able to get rid of the leg cramps in the upper front part of my legs, would be to get in a tub of nothing but hot water.... I have crawled to my bathroom many a times just to get into the water.. Im not sure if they stopped because I was drinking so much soda and coffee or because I wasnt drinking water....since Ive stopped them, I have definitly added more water.
I wonder, if you are having leg cramps or could it possibly be restless leg syndrome??? Im not sure how you would be able to tell the difference though.
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Seems like something must be interfering with magnesium absorption. Or something is removing magnesium, maybe like a drug.

It is one of the several jobs of magnesium to relax the muscles. Calcium would constrict them. Perhaps too much calcium is indicated.
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