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I take simvastin....well I am supposed to but I forget. With them or without them I have no side effects that I have noticed. I do get cramp in my feet when crewing and screwed up in a corner but not when helming. I probably dont drink enough however, but I have taken to drinking a lot of tomato juce recently and it makes me feel better generally.
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Thanks for all the suggestions everybody.  Will give some of them a try.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Steve411 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Sep 12 at 4:23pm
I was always led to believe that if your sweat is salty then you are taking in too much salt to your body as any excess salt is leeched away in the sweat. Also, that cramp is not induced by insufficient salt but rather by a reduction in the amount of salt your body is used to. Therefore, you are more likely to get cramp if you have excess salt in your diet and then sweat a lot of it out.
 
Someone with medical/dietary knowledge will no doubt put me right, but that's what I thought, (from someone who doesn't get cramp and who doesn't have salty sweat).
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I suffer from cramp. Both in my calves during afternoon races, and in my thighs at night after windy races at the start of the season. Plus less serious, but irritating, cramps in my hands and feet at times. 

The afternoon cramps in my calves I put down to a) dehydration and b) legs getting cold after sitting around in a wet wetsuit over lunch (beach launching means you always have wet legs whatever the weather). Drinking plenty at midday and wearing a polypro leggings under my long john (even when it's warm) definitely help.

The overnight cramps at the start of the season, or after a windy sail, I generally control these days by doing leg stretches after I've sailed and before I go to bed, and taking Crampex before I go to bed. 

Hand and foot cramps I just tend to live with, moving a bit normally gets rid of them, though when I'm hunched up in the bottom of a Contender in light winds it can be tricky!

Interesting, re Simvastatin, I've been on it for about 4 years. No real problems, though I do think my problems with foot cramps have got worse since then.



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