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Asked 4 years, 9 months ago

How do I deal with calf cramps?

I am 55 years old, male, averaging 27 miles per week over the last 10 years. Over the last four years, I have experienced muscle cramping in various muscles from my pelvis to my ankles. They occur mysteriously, and sometimes last weeks or even months, preventing me from running until they subside. I stretch before and especially after running, but I have noticed that my calf muscles tighten up while sitting. I have seen physical therapists and physicians over the last four years, but the cause of this cramping remains unknown. My blood work is normal, including blood count, metabolic profile, and thyroid testing. Should I take potassium supplements or quinine?

Frank Gebraigh
Pittsburgh, PA

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