for those who might be in the know about cramps i have a puzzler for you. two weeks ago was the first time i had worked legs in more than a year. i knew it would be rough to get it going again, so i lifted VERY light weights. all went well with only minor doms. three days later i worked them again with a little more intensity. no problems. after the first week back on i kicked it up yet another notch. things were fine for two days after this workout when the shit hit the fan.
saturday morning i collapsed in my living room when both of my quads totally locked up which after several minutes of agonizing pain, moved on to my hams, glutes and hip flexors. i thought i was going to die. i spent the rest of the day bedridden while taking in plenty of water, vitamin c, calcium, potassium and magnesium. i tried to keep them loose by lightly stretching and massaging them frequently. after several hours, the soreness caused by the cramping had subsided although they still felt very tight. i could now at least move them through their full range of motion without causing more cramps. i made it through the night without any episodes, so i thought i was through the worst of it.
i got out of bed sunday morning and after taking 30 or so steps it happened again. i repeated the above described treatment. this happened again monday and today. i have been a virtual prisoner to this shit for days now with no end in sight. my urine is as clear as a bell and i’ve got my hydration and electrolyte bases covered as near as i can tell.
possible cause: i had been taking creatine non-stop for over a year up until my last leg workout when i just happened to run out. i am familiar with the cramping that can occur if you start on creatine and don’t up your water intake. i also remember reading somewhere that your body will stop producing creatine on it’s own if you do not cycle it properly.
here is my question: could it be possible that my body is not producing enough creatine to allow my cells to hydrate properly thus making my legs cramp as though they are not properly hydrated even though i am drinking more than enough water? does this sound plausible? anyone go through a similar situation and make it through in one piece? thanks. kevo