Any doctors/experts on cramping I could see?

#1
I've had problems with leg cramps my whole life, but last night the cramping after tennis was really bad and kind of eye opening that I need to do something differently.

What happened was I played early in the morning, but it wasn't that strenuous (I won 6-2, 6-1) and I drank 32oz of Gatorade and 8 oz of water. In the evening I went to a doubles clinic for 4.0 and above where you've got very little downtime and there's a lot of king of the court type games where you have to run to the other side. After about an hour I could feel my legs getting tired and after 1.5 hours it got so bad I called it quits (clinic was 2 hours). During the clinic I drank the same amount as in the morning and also drank a lot of water/juice throughout the day. Before leaving I walked around and stretched and then drank another 8oz of water. Right after getting in the car something didn't feel quite right, but thought I could make it home only 10 minutes away. After less than a minute of driving I could feel my left leg start to cramp so I pulled into street parking and sure enough I had some of the most painful cramps ever.

It started with the left, then throughout about 45 minutes both legs cramped just about everywhere. The one in my left leg around the calf was the most painful. It was also tough because I couldn't straighten my leg in the car. I was kind of twisting at strange angles in pain with the seat all the way back. I called some friends right away and they brought pedialyte, salt water, saltine crackers, and regular water. Even with all that the really painful cramping lasted about 30 minutes and I had to hobble into the back seat and though not painful anymore and I could walk the cramp stayed there for another hour.

Aside from being painful this really scared me because what if I couldn't find a place to pull over or wasn't so close to home or people that could come help? Even though I know I sweat a lot cramping like this doesn't seem normal and I also don't think it's good for me to load up on salty foods or pickle juice every time I play tennis.

I've asked my regular doctor and he just says to hydrate and have electrolytes. Are there any specialist or experts on cramping I could see? I need to figure out something to do that I can do day in and day out when playing. As much as I love tennis I don't want to go through this again and maybe put myself or others in danger on the road.
 
#3
I've had problems with leg cramps my whole life, but last night the cramping after tennis was really bad and kind of eye opening that I need to do something differently.

What happened was I played early in the morning, but it wasn't that strenuous (I won 6-2, 6-1) and I drank 32oz of Gatorade and 8 oz of water. In the evening I went to a doubles clinic for 4.0 and above where you've got very little downtime and there's a lot of king of the court type games where you have to run to the other side. After about an hour I could feel my legs getting tired and after 1.5 hours it got so bad I called it quits (clinic was 2 hours). During the clinic I drank the same amount as in the morning and also drank a lot of water/juice throughout the day. Before leaving I walked around and stretched and then drank another 8oz of water. Right after getting in the car something didn't feel quite right, but thought I could make it home only 10 minutes away. After less than a minute of driving I could feel my left leg start to cramp so I pulled into street parking and sure enough I had some of the most painful cramps ever.

It started with the left, then throughout about 45 minutes both legs cramped just about everywhere. The one in my left leg around the calf was the most painful. It was also tough because I couldn't straighten my leg in the car. I was kind of twisting at strange angles in pain with the seat all the way back. I called some friends right away and they brought pedialyte, salt water, saltine crackers, and regular water. Even with all that the really painful cramping lasted about 30 minutes and I had to hobble into the back seat and though not painful anymore and I could walk the cramp stayed there for another hour.

Aside from being painful this really scared me because what if I couldn't find a place to pull over or wasn't so close to home or people that could come help? Even though I know I sweat a lot cramping like this doesn't seem normal and I also don't think it's good for me to load up on salty foods or pickle juice every time I play tennis.

I've asked my regular doctor and he just says to hydrate and have electrolytes. Are there any specialist or experts on cramping I could see? I need to figure out something to do that I can do day in and day out when playing. As much as I love tennis I don't want to go through this again and maybe put myself or others in danger on the road.
I used to get cramps in my calf. A buddy told me to drink apple cider vinegar. It worked. I take a teaspoon before meals and haven't had a cramp in forever. Also water is not going to help much. When playing in the hot florida sun I add sea salt and no salt or lo salt (basically potassium) to the water.
 
#5
I'm a salty sweater. In humid weather, I drop 3 Nuun tablets in 64 ounces of water when I play. I'll take 2 salt stick pills about every 7 games so some matches I end up taking 8 pills. I'll also take a gu if I'm low on energy which also has electrolytes. After the match, I don't worry about my sodium intake and eat a salty meal.

I used to drink Gatorade but over time the sugar made my stomach hurt. I can drink a little of it these days but the above works better for me. Obviously other things such as bananas, pickles etc. should help but I don't like to have food in my stomach when I'm playing. Good luck, you'll just need to find the combo that works for you.
 
#6
I'm a salty sweater. In humid weather, I drop 3 Nuun tablets in 64 ounces of water when I play. I'll take 2 salt stick pills about every 7 games so some matches I end up taking 8 pills. I'll also take a gu if I'm low on energy which also has electrolytes. After the match, I don't worry about my sodium intake and eat a salty meal.

I used to drink Gatorade but over time the sugar made my stomach hurt. I can drink a little of it these days but the above works better for me. Obviously other things such as bananas, pickles etc. should help but I don't like to have food in my stomach when I'm playing. Good luck, you'll just need to find the combo that works for you.
I'm a salty sweater too. I don't know if part of the problem in doubles is also from bending my knees at the net so often and being in that squat position for so long. In singles especially I sweat so much a puddle forms where I'm standing to serve or return. Maybe I'll try bananas too.

It just seems like there might be a blood or maybe even a sweat or other test I could do to see why I'm cramping so often and for so long. I never want to experience something like that again.
 
#8
I agree with Jolly, it is fitness related.

When I started dance classes (ballet), I used to get bad calf cramps for four to five months until my legs adapted. Nothing for the last few years, your body will adapt. I sweat profusely and only rehydrate with water. No cramping anymore.
 
#9
I agree with Jolly, it is fitness related.

When I started dance classes (ballet), I used to get bad calf cramps for four to five months until my legs adapted. Nothing for the last few years, your body will adapt. I sweat profusely and only rehydrate with water. No cramping anymore.
What can I do about it? I've been playing tennis my whole life and play between 3 and 5 times a week.
 
#11
What can I do about it? I've been playing tennis my whole life and play between 3 and 5 times a week.
As you get older, you have to work harder. I do two to four hours of different exercise a day when working. Just got back at ten thirty, a lunchtime yoga session to relax as well. When on holiday my wife and I will do eight to ten hours a day. Skiing in winter and mountain walking in summer to relax :rolleyes:
 
#12
What can I do about it? I've been playing tennis my whole life and play between 3 and 5 times a week.
Do you live in a humid area? I almost got a calf cramp tonight because it was pretty warm and very humid. Tomorrow is supposed to be 88 and I'm playing mid-afternoon. After that, it looks like the real cold fronts finally come through and then cramping season should be done for several months.
 
#13
Do you live in a humid area? I almost got a calf cramp tonight because it was pretty warm and very humid. Tomorrow is supposed to be 88 and I'm playing mid-afternoon. After that, it looks like the real cold fronts finally come through and then cramping season should be done for several months.
Yes, it's extremely hot and humid.
 
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