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Consumer Review: I Got Tendonitis In My Arms And Calves After Taking Creatine.

I am 41 years old, and have been working out for about 4 years. About a year and a half ago, I started using creatine. All I knew was that researchers knew that creatine is a compound made in the body. It's also supplied by animal foods, such as meat and fish. Most creatine is stored in muscle tissue and becomes important when the muscles need short, quick bursts of energy for activities like sprinting or strength training. Under those circumstances, a fuel known as ATP is used up by the muscles in seconds, but creatine replenishes the ATP stores as they are exhausted, extending the burst of energy for a few seconds more. The extra rep or two with weights or the couple of seconds of speed at the end of a sprint can, in turn, help to build strength and muscle mass. In other words, body-produced creatine doesn't miraculously increase muscle mass. It allows the body to work a little harder to do so. I also was aware of the side effects, such as an allergic reaction, difficulty breathing, closing of your throat, swelling of your lips/tongue/face, hives, and symptoms of kidney problems such as decreased or little urine. I paid close attention to these signs.

Before taking creatine, I was benching 180lbs (3 sets of 10 reps). After a year on creatine, I was benching 275lbs (3 sets of 10 reps). For me, creatine was working. I took 5mg of creatine every day, 3 weeks on, 1 week off . But then my left forearm got tendonitis. I rested for about 4 weeks before going back on my workout plan. I started taking creatine again. It was not long after that both my right and left forearms, and now my calves, had tendonitis. My lifting stopped and so did creatine. I also noticed that I was no longer benching 275lbs because my muscles just could not lift more then 170lbs.

I started lifting again several weeks ago, this time without creatine. So far, I have not had any problems. Now I am benching 180lbs (3 sets of 10 reps), still having no problems. The point is, 9 weeks have gone by without any problems. I wonder if creatine took strength from my muscles after so much use. My Doctor said that creatine has different effects on all people. Most athlete's use a high-protein/low-carb diet. We do not want to hear it, but "Genetics are the key to a larger body."

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