anyone have cramps?

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   Posted 8/17/2007 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
not stmach cramps, but in the arms and legs, specifically in the legs (calves) and arms (forearms)

I'm wondering if anyone who takes sulfasalazine has had this problem....for me i wake up and I can barely stand up, it feels like my whole body is stiff as a board.... but by mid day, the cramps seem to go away and theres no pain

I felt foolish because I went to my doctor (not GI, internal), and when I saw him I had no pain, but its there in the morning, and he made it sound like its not a big deal, but I never had cramps this before, I usually stay hydrated and its not particularly hot this week...

* I don't think its part of a flare, because this week my stomach has been normal, nothing bad

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   Posted 8/17/2007 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Cramps can be a sign of mineral difficiency. Low potassium causes muscle cramps. Drugs can have side effects which cause muscle cramps. But the most common cause of muscle cramps and muscle pain is stress and muscle tension which can be eased by strfetching and exercise.
I have so many cramps and twitching muscles all over my body everyday that i think i've got used to them.Mines started during a really nasty flare when i became bvadly malnourished and stressed out to the max.I think the stress of being so ill caused mines.They started over 2 years ago and have never left.
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   Posted 8/17/2007 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I had bad cramping last year during a flare which was a potassium deficiency. I would try to eat more bananas and if it doesnt work maybe check on meds.
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   Posted 8/17/2007 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks guys, i was worried it was something more serious...i realllllllyyy appreciate it

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   Posted 8/18/2007 1:09 AM (GMT -6)   
At least try some of the suggestions and see if it improves. If it doesn't, get your doc to take some blood tests that could help lead to some sort of possibility as to what it could be.

Are you able to do come easy type exercise or stretching when you get up? Would that help you a bit?

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   Posted 8/18/2007 3:54 AM (GMT -6)   
not sure what you mean by stretching and getting up, maybe theres a typo? but when i wake up EVERYTHING feels stiff but by mid day I seem to do a ton better and now its 5 am, and got back from my g/f's apt after some git-down ;) and i feel fine, no cramping.... so the cramping isn't a result of physical activity...
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