Do you have cramps in the twins?

We have received a new consultation for our collaborator David Serra in the Tri-Fisio column where one of our readers suffers cramps and pains in the twins.


Do you suffer from cramps in the twins?

I have been doing 6-7 for years doing triathlon, but for more than a year, the only thing I can do is swim because of important back problems.

The fact is that I have problems in the twins and I do not know if one thing with the other can be related, besides I am very worried because I am going to make some journey in the sea and I think I can have serious problems.

- On the one hand, there is the problem of cramps. I usually have problems with cramping calves when I'm over 3.000 or 4.000 meters. swimming (more than an hour).

I have tried everything, massage, stretching, correct hydration, potassium and magnesium pharmacy, but I can not solve this problem and I say that I am very worried because I am afraid that I get strong in the sea.

I also do not know how to stretch the twins and / or the ischia in the open sea. I do not know if there is any way to do it and be able to relax them.

I do not know if you can help me with this, with anything else I can overlook.

- On the other hand, for almost two years (just when I started with back problems, 2 herniated discs and a few other things), I have fasciculations or myoclonus (each doctor calls it one way) in both twins. They are involuntary movements, as if I had shingles inside the twins, which are not painful but they are very annoying when I have strong times. Also, like I said before, I don't know if this may be related to cramps.

For the last year I have been taking 0.5 mg of Rivotril at night. I think it's too long, and I'm still the same, or in times, like now, worse.

Please, if you could help me I would be very grateful.

David Serra responds:

In principle, fasciculations or myoclonias have to do with cramps, so the most important thing to solve are cramps, since they cause more problems. Surely the cause of your problems is not excessive exercise, but a combination of a lot of exercise and therefore a decrease in mineral salts in your body and a poor absorption of mineral salts. Your body, for whatever reason, has a metabolic problem that causes you not to absorb mineral salts well or to "use them" faster than normal. You would have to do a medical check-up with blood tests included. You would have to visit a sports doctor and an endocrinologist to find the exact reason for your problems.

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