I'm a 45 year old female, I've recently lost 4 stones in weight through exercise and change to vegetarian diet.
Hi Wanda. A couple of things, I've been having severe cramping in my legs for the last 6 days which is caused by not drinking enough water (oops, I actually have been so busy this week I have only had approximately 1/2 cup of water in 2 days!) Also, a lack of potassium causes cramping and pain. So I have been eating 2 bananas a day to increase my potassium. You are only having pain in your legs, it would help if I knew where in your leg you are having the pain. First of all, do not worry OK? but know that if you are having severe pain in your calf area AND the area is red and hot, there is a small chance you could have a blood clot IF it is in your calf area. IF it is red and hot you should go the emergency room and/or call a Nurse Advice Line or call your doctor immediately just to be on the safe side. I am a vegetarian also but I sure haven't lost any weight due to it. Have you also begun exercising? It could be as simple as a strained tendon (very painful) or a pulled muscle, I hope that you can get back to me with more information. I hope you feel better.
If you have suddenly dropped a variety of carbs which are fortified with Folate you may be deficient in this essential vitamin which is responsible for healthy nerve conduction, while initial symptoms may appear like a B12 issue, Folate is equally essential.
When I was first tested for leg pain and increasing peripheral neuropathy, the doctor was going through the blood test results and he said, "we can forget that one as it is clearly a lab error".
Fast forward two years and my legs are suffering from seizures, agony and, paradoxically, terrible neuropathy. I now see a new doctor who takes a brief history but wants blood work done first; no problem and one week later he tells me my Folate levels are one twentieth of the normal adult minimum. One supplement and 72 hours I was totally cured.
PS, I'm also an accidental vegetarian and tend to fill up on rice (low calorie/low protein levels) and pasta when I'm feeling gutsy. I also am totally 'no added salt' at all.
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