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Question: Frequent urination leading to leg cramps

 hiker - Sat Feb 11, 2006 9:30 pm

I'm a 55 year old women. I have not seen any doctor about this problem. I have no medical problems that I know of and have never had any surgeries. I am a healthy winter hiker and after climbing three or more miles vigorously, I get cramps in my calves, hamstrings, and quads. If I drink a liter of water on my way up the mountain, I end up urinating every 20 minutes. I don't stop cramping because I can't hold my water. I drink sports drinks while hiking and have added potassium rich foods to my diet. I am 5' 6" tall and 125 lbs. Other people my hight and weight don't seem to have this problem. What can i do?
 Theresa Jones, RN - Thu May 25, 2006 9:11 am

User avatar Hi hiker,
There may be many contributing factors that cause leg cramps. For example, imbalances of electrolyes, especially potassium may cause this symptom. Vascular disease in which blood flow is compromised in the lower extremeties would be another example. If a physical evaluation has not been completed to identify if an underlying causative factor is present, it would be suggested.
Theresa Jones, RN

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