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Does Anybody Out There Know About Diabetes Muscle Cramps.how 2 Manage.

Does Anybody Out There Know About Diabetes Muscle Cramps.how 2 Manage.

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Some aspects of Diabetes can lead to more frequent occurrences of muscle cramps.

We "cramp" primarily in legs/calves etc when we are deficient in one or more of a handful of things.

We need a balance of Blood Sugar, sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium to keep from cramping.

A deficiency in any of them can lead to a cramp.

Your Doc can order a regular (blood panel) to check your levels to look for a deficiency in any one (or more) of them.

Supplementing any of them if you are not deficient will not only Not deal with the cramp but could cause other potential problems (too much potassium messes with blood pressure, blood pressure meds and is hard on the kidneys and the heart so you don't want to just blindly supplement it)

If your levels are "normal enough" then there are some other potential causes.

Being slightly dehydrated can be the cause.

A number of medications that a Diabetic may also be on (for diabetes or other conditions) can also cause cramps with some of the more common being,

Insulin, Cholesterol meds (all the ones whose name end in "statin"), certain Blood Pressure meds (names end in "sartan" or "pril") or could be the result of Thyroid issues which are very common in Diabetics.

Unfortunately, it could take a bit of investigation to figure out the source of the cramps so there is no easy answer.

While trying to find the answer you can always pop a muscle relaxer (Ibuprofen/Motrin for short term relief) if the cramps are chronic.

edited, originally posted 5 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

@A DiabetesTeam Member has answered you well.

I have GI issues since birth, had Chronic diarrhea for the first 53 yrs of my life, first time in hospital was 5 months old for rehydration. The reason I mention this is because the chronic diarrhea caused lifelong issues of electrolytes imbalanced, such as in Magnesium (Mg), Potassium, Sodium, etc... So in my adult life I would require going to hospital often for rehydration, due to chronic diarrhea. I also have had issues with Acid Relfux (GERD) all my life, oesophagitis, gastritis, gastroenteritis, etc...

But all that changed when in 2018 following a very severe pneumonia with 3 courses of antibiotics and was off work 7 months, I developed other issues, nausea, bloating, constipation, in the 2nd week of my pneumonia the sheer pressure of coughing created a Hiatal Hernia (this was proved with a Gscope as 1 year before I had a Gscope and the hernia was not there). Now that Hiatal Hernia was so bad the GERD damaged my oesophagus severely to the point doctor did biopsy as she though I was getting Barrett's oesophagus, fortunately it was not as this is a form of cancer. But due to the GERD and Hiatal Hernia I now have to be on acid reflux medications for life or I may develop that said cancer over time.

Now the medications for the GERD, they can cause Mg levels to drop at times, so in 2019 blood test showed I was down to 0.54 (normal is 0.75 and higher) and in my case this was the cause of the muscle cramps, as that level was dangerously low as it was also affecting my heart rate. Now when they discovered the low Mg is also about the time they discovered the diabetes, as the Endo stated it was the chicken versus the egg theory, Low magnesium levels can lead to diabetes and diabetes can lead to low magnesium levels, in his words a perfect storm, along with the steroids I was on for over 40 yrs for my autoimmune diseases, so now I am on prescribed high doses of Mg daily. It is best to have blood tests done and have the Mg prescribed according to levels by your doctor. But also have other electrolytes checked. Sometime simply increasing your fluid intake can be the solution if it is caused by dehyrdation as dehydration can also lead to higher sugar levels. I no longer gets cramps since diabetes is well managed and magnesium levels corrected.

posted 5 months ago
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