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wnorm 01-06-2017 10:50 AM

Can frequent water enemas cause severe muscle cramps in legs
I am on a short wait list for a subtotal colectomy with Ileosigmoid resection for poor transit and other factors. I have collagenous colitis and am 64.
I had a complete hysterectomy 4 years ago for uterine cancer with no further treatment needed. Long story short, my surgeon had advised me to do daily 1 1/2 - 3 litre water enemas on a daily basis for the last 18 months. I have been experiencing worsening severe muscle cramps in my thighs, calves and feet. I take Gastrolyte, calcium, multivitamins, etc regularly.I drink lots of water. I am not on any diurectics or blood pressure meds. My kidney function, etc is fine. I do not have low serum ferritin. I do have spinal stenosis and venous insufficiency, but these conditions never seemed to cause this cramping before. I also take a low dose of Lipitor, but it never caused any issues for the last 15 years.
My blood tests are generally ok. My sleep is extremely impaired due to these cramps. Recently I have tried leg stretches, increased fluid, warm bathes, leg massages, increased gastrolyte, etc without relief. I do have restless leg syndrome, but it is not a big issue. I am doing great on Bipap therapy. I don't want to visit my General Physician at this time as this is flu season and I don't want to be exposed to any germs at his office now. I am prone to bronchitis and if I get sick now, I may have to wait months before I will be ok for surgery. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank-you

foundsomething 10-28-2017 12:41 PM

Re: Can frequent water enemas cause severe muscle cramps in legs
Enemas can cause mineral depletion and mineral depletion can cause cramps.

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