The Anti-Cramp Arsenal

Does this look appetising?

I would think that any moderate to severe lunger, and indeed, any athlete is familiar with the contents of the above tray.

These are the most commonly sourced, readily available in my house, potassium rich food items. My arsenal in the attack against cramp. You don’t need to be an athlete to suffer from muscle cramps. And indeed in my case, my extremely painful crampiness is not caused by any form of athleticism, least of all my snail paced swimming. However, it remains all too common that the potassium in my body is being stripped by the constant ingesting of high doses of oral Prednisolone and inhalations of large  amounts of bronchodilators.

So after yesterday’s appointment with the vampires I thought I would share my cramp info, and mention that other than just taking large, prescribed quantities of Sando and Slow-k I do try to eat potassium rich food, rehydration drinks, salty potato chips, green leafy vegetables, bananas, tonic water and …….prunes!

I always find my cramps are at their worst in the evenings when I am tired, and of course, on a day when my lungs have been grumbly enough to warrant my chucking even more breathing treatments than usual at them. My groin, inner thigh muscles, calves and fingers seem to lock up and suffer the most. J tries to get me to stand up and shake/squeeze the blood back into my muscles. Invariably I fall in a heap on the floor, half giggling, half screaming in agony. It is a horrid, horrid silly side effect that I’m afraid is par for the course because I need to take a huge daily dose of these medications.

And of course, wonderfully, since I have been taking the Slow-K, I have not had one episode of cramp!

I await my blood test results from yesterday with utmost eagerness, I am half hoping I’ll get to stay on this med for a while longer as it is sure less distressing that suffering in such agony when I’ve been doing nothing more active than sitting on the sofa!

And we all know what prunes do, don’t we!


15 Responses to The Anti-Cramp Arsenal

  1. Natasha says:

    Prunes, prunes glorious prunes
    Nothing quite like them for giving you the …..

    oops, doesn’t quite rhyme 🙂

    for some unknown reason we spent our childhood years singing silly songs about prunes!

  2. danielle10 says:

    Nice arsenal! I seem to go through bouts of crampiness and then it goes dormant for awhile. Feet, calves and hip creases are the most affected for me. But every once in awhile I’ll get a whopper in my quadricep that is pure agony. I’m a banana fiend!

  3. Steve says:

    Ooo ..Kettle Chips and Tonic Water, my favorite combo!

    Tonic water ( Quinine) works really fast for me when I have leg cramps ( calf) from walking, but finger and hand cramps are what I usually get from pred…especially during the taper.

  4. Thanks for the input Guys!
    Wouldn’t it be lovely if my lung cramps! could be relieved with those foodie items-about to crack open some more kettle chips here now…….

  5. wheezyheron says:

    any excuse for a kettle chip, I say! was a very happy person when they finally started selling them in The Netherlands 🙂

  6. Olive says:

    Enjoy the prunes….i get cramp loads too but find alot of potassium rich foods also contain salicylates so cant eat them. I tend to over load on bananas!!!!

    Hope your good


  7. Yes, Olive-particularly the dried fruits. Are you on a low salicylate diet for asthma or urticaria? I know that’s a hard eating regimen to follow…..

    • Olive says:

      hey, i have to be salicylate free due tio a anaphalatic aspirin allergy and asthma.even the smallest amounts can trigger my breathing off which is a night mare. i think the consultant and dietician said i could eat food with a salicylate level of 0.01 or soemthing. not sure but it was ridiculously minimal but i jsut dont go near it at all which was difficult at fist but not so bad now.


  8. Becca says:

    liking the arsenol! I’m a bannana overloader too. My main cramps tend to be in my toes, calves and ribs- the calves ones are the worst and always at night!

  9. cinchona says:

    Quinine (cinchona) can be used effectively for indigestion, pain, nervousness, anxiety, fever and more.

  10. suzan says:

    nice article…very informative and beneficial for me..thx

  11. Jonathan says:

    I take Slow-k to stop me getting cramps while scuba diving and they are the most amazing medication to stop them, it’s like you can feel it stop them. Wonderful!

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  13. Winford Lingren says:

    Hand cramps can be painful if you are abusing your hand too much. Take regular breaks and rest. ^

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