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Calf cramps while exercising, nausea and fainting after getting up. Any thoughts?

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While working out, I had severe calf cramps in both legs. I suspect this was due to my workout the previous day which focused on legs. Other than the cramps, I was fine while laying on a mat, but in that position, I was unable to get put enough pressure on the muscles to work out the cramp, so I decided to try to stand up. Almost immediately upon getting up, I became nausious and according to witnesses, lost consciousness for a few seconds. My theory is the cramps caused my legs/knees to lock up, restricting the blood flow from my legs back to my heart which led to a decrease in blood pressure, finally leading to the nausia and unconsciousness. As soon as the cramps subsided, the blood flow was back to normal, and I was fine.

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Posted Tue, 25 Sep 2012 in Brain and Spine
Answered by Dr. Ram Choudhary 30 minutes later
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It seems you have just started exercising and have started it in aggressive way.
So your muscles are not adjusted to that much work-out and became painful.
You should go slow about it, because vigorous work out at your age is also risky.
The standing up causes a fall in blood pressure due to postural hypotension which results in transient loss of senses; this phenomenon is called Syncope.
It is common event and occurs when you get up rapidly from sitting/lying down position.
I am hopeful the the explanation would be helpful for you.
If you have any further query please let me know I would try to answer it for you.
Wish you a great health!
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