I don't know if anyone else has trouble with this, or if it's even related to my diet, but I'm having a rough time today, and it's been building up for at least a week. But I think I also have trouble with this at times when I'm not trying to watch what I eat.
I was cramping up in my legs and feet this morning while trying to shovel snow (not from being chilly), and then later today, I had to go shopping and couldn't wear my snow boots any more (because of foot problems), so was in the store parking lot, trying to pull them off and switch to flip flops (yeah...I wear flip flops in the snow when my feet hurt). I couldn't bend over to pull my boots and socks off. My sternum area was going into serious spasms.
I don't if this is dehydration (today it was possible because I didn't have much time to drink water) but normally I drink a ton of water every day, and I"m still getting the cramps. I'm eating healthy, and don't know if it could be some kind of deficiency, but don't think so and here's why. When I was in my thirties, the same thing happened to me. Only then I was on diuretics. I went skiing one day and could only ski for half the day because my legs and feet started cramping up so badly. At the end of the day, I walked to the car with my friends. and then try to bend over to take my boots off, and cramped up in the sternum like today...it was so bad, I started crying and my friends had to pull my boots off for me and put my shoes on.
I've suffered with cramps (at night, during the day, all over my body) all my life...on and off. Right after that ski trip I went to the doctor to get my blood tested for deficiencies, and it tested fine. All my electrolytes were fine. But I'm not fine when I cramp up like this. I often have to get up in the middle of the night and use a hair dryer to blast my legs and feet with heat to relax charlie horses. They get so bad, some times I"m bruised for days.
I really don't know what to do. I've tried potassium and other supplements, eating bananas, increasing my water...nothing seems to help.
Any advice out there for me? Tonight I'm cramping all over from the snow shoveling. My back is spasming, my lower legs, me feet, my arms, and I still can't bend over without my chest cramping up. Sometimes this gets so bad I can't wipe myself after using the toilet.
Could this be from not eating enough right now? I'm on 1000 calories a day, and I didn't have time to eat a thing today, till I got home (just now, at 6pm). I started shoveling snow at 7:30 this mornign and have been on the run all day, trying to get everything done today before we get socked in again tonight. It wasn't that I didn't want to eat, I just plain didn't have time.
If anyone else has this problem and has found a solution, I'd really love to hear it.