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Asked 5 years, 4 months ago

Cramps - Overload, Fluid Imbalance, Fatigue—or Nerve Compression?

My wife, who is 48, is a distance runner. She has run nine marathons and five half-marathons. Last March at the Atlanta Marathon she experienced calf cramps that made it impossible to run, though she was able to walk. The cramps hit her at 20 miles. This Feb. at another marathon the calf cramps hit her at 17 miles; she was able to walk the other nine miles. A month later the cramps started at the finish of the local Half-marathon. Both marathons were very warm, in the 80- to 90-degree range. She was well-hydrated, however, especially in the second marathon. She runs 25 to 30 miles per week and has been in perimenopause for two to three years. Calf cramps never hit her until she was 47. Any ideas? What do you think of performing blood tests for minerals or electrolytes?

Steven Taylor
Rome, Georgia

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