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chronic charlie horses
Posted by: Buttons
Date: July 24, 2000 1:05 AM

I suffer daily with excruciating charlie horse cramps in my calf. I have been on many different medications over the last 5 years, including morphine, and I also have an implanted device in my abdomen that delivers meds straight to the spine, but that also doesn't help.

RE: chronic charlie horses
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: July 30, 2000 12:52 PM

The most common cause of cramps in the intake of synthetic meds (pharmaceuticals) in conjunction with a condition already present, namely slugging of the blood and poor circulation. This lowers oxygen supply to the nerves and muscles involved, so what you are experiencing is hypoxia to the muscles and nerves. The usual cause of blood slugging is acidity which comes from the long term results of life style factors (diet and stress). While the condition is painful, it is merely the tip of the iceberg. Long term acidity exposes you to a wide spectrum of diseases. Reversal of acidity involves the intake of raw organic foods of the vegetable and fruit variety. Any pharmaceuticals you can eliminate will also be a plus, but this should be on the advice of your doctor, recognizing that many physicians are not versed in natural methods of healing. Calcium metabolism plays a part and you can therefore also have insufficient calcium onboard. A chelated calcium like calcium citrate should help if this is part of the problem but always balance calcium with double the amount of magnesium on a mg. per mg. basis. Quinine water also helps in many cases.

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