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   Posted 2/20/2010 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I have what is called a dumping sydrome, brought on by 9ft of small bowel cut out, so I have hypoglycemia severe, but contollable with proper food small meals 4-5 a day, but dumping syndrome has caused really bad drehydration issues, my arches of my feet cramp, my toes and some of my fingers will lock up, evan times when I cough the place where i have had a couple of resections cramps and twitches while it protrudes out, does anybody else exp. this brought on by surgery?
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   Posted 2/20/2010 11:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Would eating small meals help?
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   Posted 2/20/2010 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
yea i do 4-5 times a day small meals, sometimes orange in between that

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   Posted 2/21/2010 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
get thee to thy dr and get some potasium supplements, or a health store probably cheaper.. when you have the big D very much you can lose to much potasium and other electrolytes.. lack of P can cause muscle cramps... or maybe even have a complete metabolic panel done. your probably low on other things as well.


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   Posted 2/21/2010 12:13 AM (GMT -6)   
artist guy said...
dumping syndrome has caused really bad drehydration issues, my arches of my feet cramp

I've experienced the cramps you describe, and it does seem to be related to loss of minerals due to diarrhea.

I've added some supplements to counteract that. Most important is potassium. There are several ways to get it into your diet - simplest and cheapest is to buy the "No Salt" salt, which is simply potassium chloride (KCl in chemical terms). This should be mixed 50/50 with ordinary table salt (sodium chloride - NaCl), then sprinkle on your food as you normally would. I know there is at least one brand of salt that is already 50% potassium chloride & 50% sodium chloride. Drink extra water when using these salts. I'd avoid potassium pills if I were you - potassium in the stomach can cause damage, which is painful by itself. That's why it should be mixed with regular salt and food, and lots of water.

Magnesium deficiency also causes cramps. If you want to take supplements, get magnesium glycinate. Other compounds of magnesium tend to cause diarrhea, and you don't want to add to your problems.

Calcium deficiency also leads to cramps. Most people get enough calcium in the water they drink (calcium carbonate forms the white deposits you see inside a tea kettle), but you need vitamin D3 to absorb it. So adding D3 to your list of supplements is not a bad idea. We've had discussion about the value of vitamin D elsewhere on this list. I'm currently taking 2000 IU per day, which I'd recommend as the minimum in winter (in summer, if you get a lot of sun exposure on your skin, you should have more than enough vitamin D).

Hope this info is of some use to you.

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   Posted 2/21/2010 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Randy is very right . Also talk to your doc about dosage, because too much potasium and all of your troubles end. Its a heart stopper..
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   Posted 2/21/2010 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I also have dumping syndrome. My blood sugar is always dropping. I keep a milkyway candy bar on hand for when it drops suddenly. I get cramping in my feet and muscle pain too. I have found that taking supplements D3, Potassium, and drinking 2 liters of water a day minimizes those a lot. I eat several small meals a day as well. Basically, I never really feel full, but I just want to keep my blood sugar level.
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