Muscle Cramps

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Muscle Cramps

image by: Jim Watts‎ I Hate getting leg cramps in the middle of the night.

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Everything you know about muscle cramps is wrong

You’re wrapping up a morning run when one of your hamstring muscles balls into an angry fist of pain. Or it’s the middle of the night, and a sudden spasm grips your calf and forces you out of bed.

While they’re common—affecting roughly 37% of the population—muscle cramps have long been shrouded in mystery. For a long time, experts believed that muscle fatigue or some sort of fluid imbalance—brought on either by dehydration or inadequate amounts of electrolytes in the blood—could disrupt muscle homeostasis in ways that triggered involuntary activity. This theory was based on some well-established muscle cramp trends, including the fact that intense exercise can produce a cramp, and…

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