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Muscles Aches and Spasms Can Indicate Potassium Deficiency

Posted Feb 10 2009 11:43am

Muscle aches can be caused by stress injury, or lack of sleep — or even potassium deficiency.  People are more at risk for this kind of deficiency if they take certain medications, such as diuretics and cortisones, or high blood pressure drugs, says Lisa Robertson of the blog “ Fighting Fibromyalgia.”  People with fibromyalgia or other chronic pain conditions are also more at risk.

What does this mean for someone suffering from an injury related to computer overuse?  It’s a bad cycle — if you are on medicines that pre-dispose you for deficiency, and you spend too many hours on the computer, or you have other medical problems, you are more at risk.  Even if you eat healthy and exercise properly, you can still be in pain.  

I know this from personal experience — when I had RSI problems, it was a terrible culmination of circumstances.  My first full-time job at a computer, plus asthma medications (steroids), led to stomach upsets and chronic pain and, finally, arm injuries that became the biggest problem of all.  

Many times medical doctors try to treat each problem separately and do not see underlying causes.  It’s important to take a holistic look at your body and talk to your doctor about all your concerns, so they can make decisions with the most information possible. 

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