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Sat Jan 24, 2015, 04:36 PM

I hate charley horses.............

I had one this morning in my left leg. I was laying in bed & just screaming. My 84 year old mother was awake (11 a.m.) and completely ignored my screams. The pain lasted about 3 minutes.

4 hours I have the left over soreness. I hate them.

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Reply I hate charley horses............. (Original post)
mrmpa Jan 2015 OP
In_The_Wind Jan 2015 #1
hollysmom Jan 2015 #2
mrmpa Jan 2015 #3
hollysmom Jan 2015 #6
magical thyme Jan 2015 #4
Bagsgroove Jan 2015 #10
sarge43 Jan 2015 #5
AtomicKitten Jan 2015 #7
Tobin S. Jan 2015 #8
AtomicKitten Jan 2015 #14
whistler162 Jan 2015 #9
a kennedy Jan 2015 #11
mainer Jan 2015 #12
rurallib Jan 2015 #13
easychoice Jan 2015 #15
R B Garr Jan 2015 #16
orleans Jan 2015 #17
orleans Jan 2015 #18
AngryOldDem Jan 2015 #19
grasswire Jan 2015 #20

Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Sat Jan 24, 2015, 04:51 PM

1. I always wonder what I did wrong. Did I reach too far?

I'm sorry, mrmpa.

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Sat Jan 24, 2015, 04:55 PM

2. That is a long time for it to last

I usually feel it coming on and can move to stop it, but if it goes into full agony, I force it to change position ignoring the worsening pain, It only last a short time, but then stops the lessor pain so it does not last for minutes, Kind of my philosophy when my shoulder dislocates - happened once and no one was near me, wasn't near a phone, so I pulled and popped it back in, I will say it hurt a lot being dislocated, but I saw blue when I was popping it back in, way more painful., but then it was over an just a bit of soreness.
Almost as old as your mother, but live alone, I can sleep through people screaming, you get tired.

Is this one of the things that bananas help or is that just restless leg syndrome.

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Response to hollysmom (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 24, 2015, 05:05 PM

3. I thinks you're right about the potassium........

also I work for a ride sharing company & last night I was in the car for a straight 7 hours, got out only once to hit a restroom,

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Response to mrmpa (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 24, 2015, 06:01 PM

6. that will do it!

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Sat Jan 24, 2015, 05:22 PM

4. most likely causes...

 

1. hypocalcemia. take 2 tums immediately, relief comes within about 2 minutes and lasts.

2. dehydration. drink more and see if they stop.

I had started getting them frequently, usually 1st thing in the morning when I was stretching. For years, I could not stretch on waking for fear of triggering one. The tums routine fixed them, and for the last decade they were mercifully gone. I started taking tums regularly, usually before bed.

Then I started getting them again and tums didn't work. Somebody suggested it was dehydration and they were right.

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Response to magical thyme (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 24, 2015, 08:43 PM

10. Yep, more water worked for me

Had a terrible problem with muscle cramps (not just in my legs, but hands and feet as well). Tried all kinds of things and finally listened to my grandma and started drinking more water. Grandmas know some stuff.

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Sat Jan 24, 2015, 05:32 PM

5. You may need a blood panel done

You could be deficient in calcium or vitamins. C horses just get worse.

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Sat Jan 24, 2015, 06:08 PM

7. Tx: Get up immediately and walk on it.

 

It stretches the muscle that is contracting.

Trust me. It works.


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Response to AtomicKitten (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 24, 2015, 07:08 PM

8. Yep, get up and stretch. That will take care of it quickly.

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Response to Tobin S. (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 12:45 AM

14. It really does work.

 

It's not the first inclination one has when it happens because the condition is so painful, but it works every time.

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Sat Jan 24, 2015, 07:20 PM

9. CHuckle.... try at least one every few nights

in one or both legs and that is with taking Magnesium Citrate every day. IT'S A FAMILY TRADITION.

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Sat Jan 24, 2015, 08:53 PM

11. Why are they called charlie horses?? Why not Mr. Ed horses.....

Loved Mr. Ed.

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Sat Jan 24, 2015, 10:50 PM

12. Stand up. Force your ankle into flexion by putting weight on it.

That should stop the pain almost immediately.

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Sat Jan 24, 2015, 10:53 PM

13. squeeze your upper lip at that little indentation

between your thumb and index finger as hard as you can stand until it goes away, usually @ 30 seconds.

Then get some of the stuff they suggest above.

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 02:00 AM

15. Potassium,minerals,water,exercise & Support hose.

My cardiologist loves me.No Charlie Horses!

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 02:29 AM

16. My SO's doctor told him to drink tonic water (quinine) for

his leg cramps. He drinks a 32-oz Schweppe's diet tonic nearly every day and doesn't get cramps nearly like he used to. He swears by it now.

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Response to R B Garr (Reply #16)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 04:16 AM

17. which reminds me, i want to make a vodka & tonic before bed tonight. n/t

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 04:18 AM

18. i was getting those a lot kinda recently

when i was sleeping--they would wake me up. damn things. i'd be rubbing my calf & fucking crying, still half asleep.

probably happened over five times (but less than ten) a few months ago.

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 01:44 PM

19. Oh, God, do I hear you.

Last year I suddenly came down with a virus, or food poisoning, or I-don't-know-what that sucked every ounce of fluid out of my body in a couple hours' time. Then the dehydration leg cramps kicked in, and honestly, they were worse than childbirth. I was literally writhing on the floor and screaming.

I hate those things.

If you tend to get them frequently, drink a big glass of orange juice and eat a banana. Anything to get potassium back in your muscles stat.

Hope you feel better soon.

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 02:19 PM

20. if walking on it doesn't help...

.....I apply hot wet washcloth to the affected area, with a little massage. No fun in the middle of the night.

Is this the affliction that a bar of soap is supposed to prevent?

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