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Quote from MissLijChristne:
I have had the same symptoms for about 4 weeks now. (Severe muscle cramps in calfs, pain in both arms) My doctor gave me muscle relaxers, but they don't seem to help and make me feel as though I were drunk. I'm really getting scared by this. Being a Freshman in college (dance major) I am very active. Is there someone out there who can help me??


Hello again
I wonder after thinking about this problem, if you should be looking at your diet and checking to see you are getting the correct intake of minerals.
For example I was reading about
~ low calcium levelsand it says:
Low blood calcium makes the nervous system highly irritable with tetany (spasms of the hands and feet, muscle cramps, abdominal cramps, and overly active reflexes).
~Low magnesium levelsMagnesium: A mineral involved in many processes in the body including nerve signaling, the building of healthy bones, and normal muscle contraction. Deficiency of magnesium causes increased irritability of the nervous system with tetany (spasms of the hands and feet, muscular twitching and cramps, spasm of the larynx, etc.)
~Salt (sodium). Sodium depletion has also been associated with cramps. Loss of sodium, the most abundant chemical constituent of body fluids outside the cell, is usually a function of dehydration
~Potassium. Low potassium levels occasionally cause muscle cramps. More often, low potassium is associated with muscle weakness.
~Vitamins:Several vitamin deficiency states may directly or indirectly lead to muscle cramps. These include deficiencies of thiamine (B1), pantothenic acid (B5), and pyridoxine (B6).

Further there is a possibility of circulation that could be checked out (this would include checking iron levels, since iron carries oxygen around the body.
Poor circulation to the legs, which results in inadequate oxygen to the muscle tissue, can cause severe pain in the muscle. This commonly occurs in the calf muscles. While the pain feels virtually identical to that of a severely cramped muscle, the pain does not seem to be a result of the actual muscle cramping. This pain may be due to accumulation of lactic acid and other chemicals in the muscle tissues

Maybe you could respond to this first and see if these is are any possibilities.
Are you working your muscles too hard in comparison to your intake of fluids?

A summing up I read said: If cramps are severe, frequent, persistent, respond poorly to simple treatments, or are not associated with an obvious cause, the patient and the doctor need to consider the possibility that more intensive treatment is indicated or that the cramps are a manifestation of another disease. The possibilities are extremely varied and include problems with circulation, nerves, metabolism, hormones, medications, and nutrition. It is not common that muscle cramps would result from a medical condition without some other obvious signs that the medical condition is present.