Pain in the calf / B. SNEDDON / IRON

Question: Can iron deficiency cause pain in the calf?

Answer 1: Drinking milk has helped me to cope with pain. The whole milk is pasteurized. Raw milk is dangerous & can cause diseases sometimes. You could never get me to drink it. It is whole milk & I got the conversion wrong at first. It is: one gallon – 3.78 liters Day one; 1/2 gallon – 1.90 liters Day 2; one quart – 1 liter after that daily. This is not real exact, but closer.
I FOUND TODAY ON AN AUSTRALIAN INTERNET SITE REGARDING IRON: Tea & coffee, if taken at the same meal as meat will block the absorption of iron. So will spinach and beans. And to eat strawberries or oranges with meat as they enhance the absorption of iron.
I had developed horrendous calf pain when I had drank too much iced tea one summer for just 2 weeks. I guess it had blocked the absorption of the iron that my nerves or muscles needed. When I stopped the black tea, the pain was gone in a few days. Mine was not due to RSI. But one can get RSI in the calf muscles anyway, I think. I just have herbal teas now. And not too often.
As for the history of RSI: I looked into my 1927 Medical book to see how they handled nerve & muscle problems back then. They said it was iron in some cases. They don’t use the term RSI. It must be a newer term.
Some exact quotes:
“Cases of neuralgia which will not be benefited by iron are decidedly exceptional…In some instances application of the galvanic current will remove the pain of neuralgia as if by magic.”
“Neuralgia is always dependent upon debility arising from one cause or another, as, for instance, anemia, mental anxiety, gout, rheumatism, syphilis and dyspepsia. In fact, a great German authority upon nervous diseases declares, with as much truth as poetry, that “neuralgia is the prayer of the nerves for iron in the blood.””
“Tic douleureux is facial neuralgia….Tic douleureux often depends upon decay of the teeth; if so, they must be attended to.”
“Neuralgia of the arms, neck, shoulder, and so forth, are unhappily common and sometimes very intractable.”
“Scrivener’s Palsy.—Called also writer’s cramp. It is the result of long continued and unnatural excitement of the nerves controlling the fingers and hand in writing. Symptoms.—The earliest indication is a painful sense of fatigue and weakness which comes on shortly after commencing to write. Sooner or later this begins to be accompanied by involuntary spasms of the muscles employed in holding the pen and the handwriting grows unsteady, scrawly and almost illegible. At first the spasms and irregular movements can be more or less controlled by voluntary effort, but they gradually become worse and worse, until at last the use of the pen is an impossibility. Treatment.—Rest from writing, tonics and electricity accomplish a cure in some instances, but the prospect of recovery is small, and it is, therefore, very important to avoid the disease by moderation in writing, or by the use of the ingenious typewriter.”

Answer 2: I’ve heard a typewriter called many things but “Ingenious” has not been one of them!

Answer 3: That was exactly quoted from the book. It was a very old book. I suppose the typewriter was considered a major technological breakthrough in 1927, when the book was written. Much like the “Ingenious” computer of today. I thought it was rather quaint too. Of course, the typewriter is no solution to writer’s cramp. It still leads to RSI for some people.

Answer 4: Hah!, a classic case of a technical solution to a social problem not delivering its promises. For more on this see “Why things bite back” Edward Tenner ISBN: 1857025946. Synopsis: This work contends that with every great advance in science and technology, there is a corresponding revenge effect. Yesterday’s asbestos curtain, for example, which used to be used for protection, now implies a long-term chronic hazard. The book combines common themes from widely differing disciplines such as traffic engineering, epidemiology, ecology, social psychology, and organizational behaviour. The resulting overview offers a template for problem solving across the board – be it in business management, household matters, or how to cope with the general stress of living in the technological world.


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