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Maggie Barton puts electrolyte tablets in her water during exercise in hot weather to avoid dehydration and muscle cramps. (Ron Baselice / Dallas Morning News)

Full-body cramps sign of serious problem

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The cramping began in Maggie Barton’s toes during a tennis playoff match six summers ago. It swept up her body like a torrent, overtaking her calves and her entire body, leaving in its wake excruciating pain and an inability to move her arms.

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