I'm teetering on the brink of either a deficiency of something, or a reaction to something.
The symptom is cramping (foot, calves, hands) and muscle discomfort.
Initially, when it was just a problem in my right foot, I saw a podiatrist who diagnosed it as tendinitis. However, it got worse, and then my calves and hands started cramping, so I don't think the tendinitis is the root problem. I sense it's more systemic.
I've been googling this to death and electrolytes seems like the most likely culprit.
To rule out magnesium deficiency, I upped my Calm fizzy and other magnesium supplements to bowel tolerance for months. Eventually, I got a magnesium RBC test which said it was normal, so it's not that.
I noted I wasn't eating much salt because I've been cooking from scratch since going paleo for the last 3 months, and I don't add salt when cooking. I've tried increasing sodium, and I don't think it's that.
Thinking maybe the calcium pills I take weren't being absorbed, I added milk (2 cups) to my daily routine a few days ago, along with a liquid calcium citrate / magnesium citrate supplement.
I just read that deficiency of b-vitamins could cause these types of problems. I just bought a Solgar b-complex 50 and will take two/day (started today).
One more piece of data: the symptoms were pretty bad on Wednesday. Wednesday night I cooked in the sauna at the gym (in case it was a reaction to food or something, I figured I might 'sweat it out of me'). Thursday morning, it was significantly worse. Unless getting worse after sauna was just a coincidence, and assuming it's a deficiency, maybe I sweated out too much of whatever it is, making it worse?
As to my trouble-shooting technique, since I don't know what it is, I'm trying to prove what it isn't by ruling things out one by one.
If it is a calcium deficiency, how long before it might respond to changing calcium formulas and adding milk?
If it is b-vitamins, how long before it might respond?
Is there a better of trouble-shooting this problem if it is a deficiency? Going on a strict elimination diet and taking no supplements would only make it worse.
Any other thoughts or suggestions would be very much appreciated.