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Muscle Tremors/Twitching

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 3, 2010
  • 06:09 PM

I run track and field and after a race which I normally do, my body started twitching (Feb 12). Initially after the race I had a headache and then 20 minutes after the race while sitting in the trainers room my eyes started twitching and then my legs started to go also. It looked like I was shivering but I couldn't control my body movements. My eyes were twitching to the point I could bare keep them open. As the days progressed it began to look more like muscle spasms or tremors that mainly affected my right arm and both eyes; also anytime I laid down my body would begin to convulse almost like a seizure. I went to the ER and they ran tests like CT, bloodwork, and urine tests and couldn't find anything on the brain or others. The tremors lasted for 8 days, slowing down day by day. During those 8 days I didn't run but only once my trainer wanted to see if it affect my running; within 15 min of slow running the tremors picked up and I was completely exhausted. I saw a neurologist and he believes it was an electrolyte deficiency and by the time I saw him the tremors had completely stopped (Feb 20). Yesterday, the twitchings came back again starting with my eyes and then my right arm again. I had bloodwork done again and the only thing that was low was my potassium and it was a significant low. I'm thinking this could be something with my nerves instead since I have been drinking gatorade everyday since it all started. It doesn't make sense to me that I would be electrolyte deficient for 8 days while taking in gatorade.

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  • Do you take any stimulant drugs? Like caffeine?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • It sounds to me like you do indeed have a problem with potassium.Gatorade ONLY has 35 MG of potassium per serving. The RDA is 4,700 MG a day. And if you sweat a lot, you will need more.http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/document/pdf/Chapter8.pdfAs you can see, Gatorade has done you an injustice with it's advertising...
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