Dehydration or Low Electrolyte Levels, Particularly Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium,
simple blood test can reveal low electrolyte levels and/or dehydration.
of the solution for both issues is to ensure steady intake of water-rich foods,
mainly vegetables and fruits.
can also be helpful to ensure regular intake of healthy foods that are rich in
calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium, as listed here:
dehydration or low electrolyte levels are the result of taking a diuretic for
high blood pressure, I recommend that you read my article on understanding
blood pressure to learn some steps that you can take with your food and lifestyle
choices to improve your blood pressure naturally and reduce the need for medication.
Be sure to work with your primary care doctor if you want to reduce your intake
Intake of Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs
drugs like lipitor, mevacor, zocor, pravachol, and lescol can cause intermittent
muscle cramping. If you are worried about your blood cholesterol level, be sure
to read my article on understanding
cholesterol. Again, any changes that are made with medication intake should
only be done under the supervision of your primary care doctor.
Cramps Caused By Overexertion or Chronic Tightness
rest and regular stretching are simple solutions to cramps caused by overuse and
chronic tightness, respectively.
pain can be caused by any number of physical injuries, the most common of which
are tendonitis, muscle strains, muscle tears, and sometimes even a hairline fracture.
All of these conditions are best treated with appropriate rest and follow-up rehabilitation.
If a physical injury doesn't improve with a solid period of rest, it is best to
have it evaluated by a qualified practitioner, who may be able to facilitate a
recovery by providing treatment that can improve blood circulation or address
the possible presence of scar tissue.
pain caused by a degenerative or metabolic arthropathy can occur in and around
the joints of the feet, ankles, knees, and hips.
who suffer with degenerative arthritis tend to feel pain while they are actively
using their joints, while those who suffer with metabolic arthropathies like gout,
psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis can have bouts of pain even while
they are at rest.
types of arthritis are best addressed with a vegetable-based diet (as described
in Experience Your
Best Health), daily intake of essential fatty acids, and daily intake of a
high quality green food product
that comes with friendly bacteria for the GI tract.
irritation can be caused by tight muscles, tendons, or ligaments, all of which
can put pressure on a nerve or group of nerves throughout the lower extremities.
This type of pain is usually felt during physical activities or specific positions
that stress the soft tissue(s) that are encroaching on the involved nerve(s).
Appropriate stretching and exercise will usually alleviate these cases of nerve
irritation can also occur due to pressure on a nerve or group of nerves by bone
spurs that can develop in and around the spinal column. This type of pain typically
arises with activity and diminishes with rest.
types of nerve irritation can usually be identified through simple neurological
and orthopedic tests. Pain that arises due to either type of nerve irritation
can present in a variety of ways, but the most common presentations are sharp,
shooting pain, burning pain, and a feeling of pins and needles.
pain that is the result of an infectious process is usually accompanied by a fever
and other flu-like symptoms like the chills and nausea. Rest does not typically
lead to any relief.
pain that is due to an infection can usually diagnosed by blood work that shows
increased white blood cell numbers and by ruling out other potential causes. In
some cases, a biopsy is performed to verify the presence of an infectious process.
is one category for which I would not hestitate to take antibiotics. For me, the
disadvantages of taking antibiotics are far outweighed by the potential limb or
life-saving benefit of antibiotic use in the case of an infected bone or joint.
referred to as deep vein thrombosis, leg pain that does not fit any of the categories
listed above should always be evaluated for a potential blood clot in a deep vein.
clots can develop in deep leg veins due to any number of factors, the most common
of which are prolonged sitting, bed rest, recent trauma or surgery, fractures,
and regular use of estrogen-based drugs like birth control pills.
potential dangers of a deep vein thrombosis are two-fold. First, it can break
off and travel through the cardiovascular system and eventually land in the lungs,
heart, brain, or any number of other organs and cause significant damage to the
organ that it finds. The second major danger of a deep vein thrombosis is impairment
of local blood circulation, paving the way to wounds that won't heal and possible
pain that is caused by a blood clot usually presents in one leg only with tenderness
and a feeling of warmth in the painful region. Sometimes, it is accompanied by
swelling and redness.
that fits this description should never be massaged, as pressure on one's muscles
can potentially cause the clot to break off and travel through the cardiovascular
consider deep vein thrombosis to be a condition that requires supervision and
guidance by a hematologist. An anticoagulant medication can be life-saving in
the case of a deep vein thrombosis.
build-up of plaque in blood vessels in the legs can diminish blood flow to the
region, which in turn, can cause leg pain. This type of pain is sometimes called
arterial claudication, and almost always follows a pattern of arising during activity
and disappearing with rest.
far as I know, the best way to treat and prevent arterial claudication is to follow
a clean, vegetable-based diet, and to avoid sugar and unhealthy oils.