Why Does Exercise Cramp My Hands and Feet?

Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 09:50 AM

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Question: My hands and feet cramp terribly after I exercise. What can be causing this?
 
Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Cramps after exercise are often caused by dehydration and electrolyte imbalances and less often by circulatory or other disorders. Hydration is often the key, but persistent cramps should be evaluated by your doctor.
 
Be sure you have your blood chemistry (glucose, sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, magnesium) checked through a simple blood check. A general physical examination is also a good idea.
 
Do not take supplements to deal with your cramps without first identifying what is causing the problem and why your hands and feet are cramping. Our bodies are very finely tuned, and symptoms can sometimes be a sign of a serious internal or hormonal disorder.

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