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Old 06-01-2010, 05:20 AM   #1
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Constant calf muscle spasm/twitching cramps

Im 28 years old, and for a few months now, both my calfs have been constantly twitching/cramping. You can actually see my muscles rippling around under the skin. It looks as though there is something in there crawling around, and looks a bit freaky. It doesnt really cause me much discomfort, but it is something I am always aware of and is starting to worry me. I went to the doctors last week to discuss this (along with the high liver enzymes I have recently discovered I have through routine blood test).

He looked at my blood results, to see how my liver enzymes are getting on, and told me that they are still raised, but have been going up and down since last December. He has ruled out Hepatitis, HIV, liver disease etc, and said that there is no real reason why someone of my age and weight should have these raised enzymes, and told me that I should cut down on my drinking, as I could have complications later on in life. I do, drink, but not everyday. Although, when I do drink, I tend to binge.

Anyway, regarding the muscle twitching in my legs. Again, he said my blood results dont show anything untoward, and can give no reason for this!.

So, I asked hime what could be causing this. He just told me that, it can be anything, from dehydration, to certain diseases, but he cannot give an answer. He just sent me away, and told me to get my blood tested in 6 weeks and go back to him.

I have always had problems with my legs, espacially as a kid growing up I had severes cramping and groeing pains as the doctor put it.

But I have always noticed that when I ve been out for the night drinking, I seem to wake up with cramping in my calves. For some reason though, just lately I am more aware of this, so I think it must be getting worse as it has never really worried me.

Well after seeing the doctor last week, I told myself that I was going to stop drinking completely for 6 weeks and see how the enzyme results and cramping changed. But, decided to have one more night out on the saturday just gone. I drank quite a lot, right up untill 6 oclock in the morning at a night club. Well... the next morning, my calves were going absolutley crazy. I have never seen or felt it this bad before in my life. The full muscle was jumping around and bulging all over, and trying to cramp up. It was really scary to watch this happening but blame myself really for drinking too much.

I am almost certain that alcohol makes my legs worse, but Im just curious as to what exactly this is? Is it the acohol alone, or could this be some sort of disease? The muscles are constantly cramping, and somedays my legs begin to really ache. I dont feel no weakness in my legs, and it doesnt affect my walking or any other exercise. Infact, I prefer to be doing something, as it seems worse when relaxing.

I would be grateful for any advice, or to hear from people with the same problems.

 
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Old 06-06-2010, 06:13 PM   #2
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Re: Constant calf muscle spasm/twitching cramps

Hi, I have the same problem but I do not drink alcohol at all. My liver enzymes have returned to normal. I don't know why they were elevated. No one can tell me why my whole body cramps up and why I have the crawling sensations, numbness, jolts and tingling.
Alcohol does dehydrate. Try increasing your fluid intake. I drink 8 ounces of tonic water every night. It will help if the cramping hasn't started. Is your calcium, magnesium and potassium ok? Gatoraide or some kind of sports drink might help. I drink pedialyte when my cramping starts. So far no rhyme or reason to my problem. Hopefully eliminating the drinking will fix yours

 
Old 06-06-2010, 07:26 PM   #3
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Re: Constant calf muscle spasm/twitching cramps

Thanks for the reply. I don't know if my calcium, magnesium and potassium levels are OK or not. The doctor never mentioned them to me. Would they have been checked do you think? I have started drinking a lot more water just lately (around 3 litres a day) and it seems to be subsiding slightly. I dont seem to get it anywhere else, just the legs. Sometimes I may get the odd movement elsewhere, maybe in the arm or the side of my body, but it is nothing really, and maybe just me looking into stuff to much. Since looking on the internet for answers, I have read alsorts of stuff. The most worrying being ALS, which is something I had never heard of before. Now I am constantly observing my legs for signs of weakness and muscle wasting! Its driving me mad.
I hope I get some answers soon. I remember about 5 years ago, I developed something called drop foot. Which is where my foot was totally paralized. I could lift my foot at all, so it prevented me from walking. I was sent to a specialist for a nerve conduction test, which was the most painful thing that has ever happened to me! It was a nightmare. The doctor inserted large needles right into my calf muscle and thigh muscles and then told me to move my leg with the needle inside. It was like torture. He then proceeded to place small pads all over my body and send small electric shocks to me. I hated every minute of it. After all that I still never got any answers, and as quick as it came, I got movement back in my foot again. I just hope I dont have to go through that again.

Well I still havent had any alcohol (1 week now) so Im just waiting to get tested again, and hopefuly the enzymes would have gone down. Im also hoping for some answers to my legs too. The doctor is good at telling me what I havent got, but can never tell me what I have! I think to myself, surely he must have seen this before??

 
Old 06-27-2010, 04:24 AM   #4
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Re: Constant calf muscle spasm/twitching cramps

Have you tried a completely caffeine free diet? This means checking and excluding everything from chocolate, coca cola, tea, coffee. I used to have similar experience and I discovered that I had a caffeine allergy. Also beware of products that say they are caffeine free, due to legislation lots of products say this but are not truly caffeine free. Legislation allows you to put this even if the product has only a reduced caffeine content.

 
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Have you tried a completely caffeine free diet? This means checking and excluding everything from chocolate, coca cola, tea, coffee. I used to have similar experience and I discovered that I had a caffeine allergy. Also beware of products that say they are caffeine free, due to legislation lots of products say this but are not truly caffeine free. Legislation allows you to put this even if the product has only a reduced caffeine content.
Thanks, I will try this. My legs dont seem to be getting any better, I have realised that alcohol does ake things a lot worse, so I have cut right down on drinking. Does green tea contain caffeine do you know? When you say you had a similar experience, was it constant muscle twitching? And has it completely gone now?

 
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