Chiron, you could be right about the calcium. I found a site that says to see if you have low calcium in the blood ( i.e i still could have calcium in tissues and elsewhere due to hypo and not regulating it properly, especially in the past)Take high dose vit c for a few days, if cramps get worse, it is probably low blood calcium, if it gets better, it is high calcium.
Generally sodium and potassium are more connected to people who cramp after exercise, not while resting. Maybe all the magnesium i've been taking have upset the balance, who knows, but everything points to low calcium. I've been getting those pains in arms as well as legs.
Well Chris recommended higher C for burst blood vessels in hands, and then my cramps got worse again, well i think it was after i increased, they suddenly got worse again. I'd have another mineral test but the hair test is not up to date info.
I bought some coral calcium. It is amazing how many had sweetners etc in, this was the only one i could find that didn't, but i only went into a couple of places, not my normal healthfood store. I will take this for a few days to see if things improve and stop the magnesium for awhile. Then only take in a balanced ratio in future.
I don't suppose anyone knows how quickly calcium would work to relieve cramps etc.
I'd been avoiding calcium, as i was told not to take calcium supplements.
You have to be so careful with self supplementation in my opinion. Although i'll only take the calcium on its own for a short time.
It was your post that got me thinking, and do some research on calcium and cramps etc