17 year old athlete with bad EAMC ***NOT DEHYDRATION/ELECTROLYTES**

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I am a 17 year old athlete. I play football, baseball, and love lifting weights. I have been dealing with exercise associated muscle cramps for years. When I was younger it was usually just after tough practices in which I ran a lot and then tried to go to the pool to swim. Now I have a serious problem with cramping after halftime at my football games. I have done it all: Gatorlytes, pedialyte, pickle juice, mustard, gallons of water, magnesium/potassium/coQ10 and nothing works. I always cramp up in the 3rd quarter. It used to be where I could take a pill of Robaxin aka Methocarbamol and the cramps would go away and I can continue. This no longer works either. I even took two (one at halftime, one when I started cramping) and it didn't work. I am a pretty heavy sweater but I drink so much that I have to run to the bathroom during games and I still cramp. I usually cramp up in the hamstrings or quads but it often goes to other muscles such as the triceps and abs. I went to the doctor and have run multiple blood tests and even saw the neurologist for muscle tests. Everything seems normal. I understand that cramps aren't always caused by electrolyte deficiency or dehydration. I just want to know if anyone has any thing that works for them or could help.

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    I have tried applying foam rolling and deep tissue massaging my muscles, doesn't seem to help much. Also, I find that I can only flex my muscles for short periods of time before they seize up, even on a rest day (not sure if this is something that is normal or not). Please help me find a solution
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    What about heat packs? Don't drink too much water during your game because it will dilute your blood and the crawling will get worse. I'd say heat packs before and after your game, massage, plenty of stretching and electrolyte drinks during the game. Don't change your treatment too often because your body needs time to adjust. To me, it sounds like your muscles are over working. 
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    Try looking at the symptoms of glycogen storage diseases. There are a couple, especially Types V (5) and VII (7) which can cause muscle fatigue, cramping, and contractures. They are pretty rare so they ore often overlooked by doctors. 
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