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Post Reply When was the last time you had a terrible Charley Horse?
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Posted 2/14/17 , edited 2/14/17
If you don't know what a Charley Horse is then I will let you know. It's pretty much a sudden, involuntary contraction of one or more muscles(cramp), often in the legs. I do not know why it's called a "Charley Horse" so don't ask me that.


I had a brief one this morning. Though I am not sure that qualifies as a Charley Horse since a Charley Horse is far worst than what I had this morning.

Anyway, have you ever had a Charley Horse before? What did you do to get rid of it? What are your thoughts on this?


Also how does one make sure not to get them?
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Last night. For some reason I seem to get them when I sleep. Pretty easy to get rid of but I gotta move quickly or it hurts like hell. I have to stand up. Thats it. Whatever leg it is, I have to put the foot FLAT ON THE GROUND and stand straight. I dont know why. And trying to lie straight in bed won't do it.
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Dushan wrote:

Last night. For some reason I seem to get them when I sleep. Pretty easy to get rid of but I gotta move quickly or it hurts like hell. I have to stand up. Thats it. Whatever leg it is, I have to put the foot FLAT ON THE GROUND and stand straight. I dont know why. And trying to lie straight in bed won't do it.


That sucks. I hate when you move your leg a certain way and it starts to cramp up.
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I just drank some Fanta so tonight probably.

The last time I had one was in 2012. A whole body one. I felt it coming in my right calf, bent over to try and sit up then caught it in my abs, quadriceps and triceps. Tried to lean back and caught it in my back. I layed in bed thinking this is what Hell must be like.
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MysticGon wrote:

I just drank some Fanta so tonight probably.

The last time I had one was in 2012. A whole body one. I felt it coming in my right calf, bent over to try and sit up then caught it in my abs, quadriceps and triceps. Tried to lean back and caught it in my back. I layed in bed thinking this is what Hell must be like.


Poor guy. Never heard of a whole body one.
Posted 2/14/17
In my leg. Then I learned to stretch my leg out before one sets in.
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Nope, though I deal with the muscles in my legs refusing to relax as I try to sleep, consequently aching. It may go on for well over an hour. Maybe that is a Charley horse? Eh, probably not.
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Nope, though I deal with the muscles in my legs refusing to relax as I try to sleep, consequently aching. I may go on for well over an hour. Maybe that is a Charley horse? Eh, probably not.


Did it hurt like hell?
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I tend to get those a lot, as I'm in a service industry that requires a lot of ladder climbing, and they're usually moderate ones. I only get serious cramps if I have an inordinate amount of climbing stairs/ladders in a day. For me stretching before bed helps a lot, but the simplest (and extremely effective, I might add) way to alleviate it, is to drink pickle juice. Stuff is the elixir of life for preventing/relieving muscle cramps.

Basically there are a few reasons you can get muscle cramps. Overworking muscles not used to rigorous labor, insufficient magnesium or potassium, or letting your muscles "cool off" with a build up of acid caused by exercise. The last reason is why every physical therapist, trainer, etc always swear by stretching or very light exercise after strenuous work, as it allows your muscles to relieve themselves of the excess acid by the increased blood flow.
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Dehydration and lack of potassium, yeah. So remember to drink your banana milk.
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Did it hurt like hell?


No. It's a dull bone-deep ache, and I can't get comfortable. The muscles in my legs are tense, as well.
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aeb0717 wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:



Did it hurt like hell?


No. It's a dull bone-deep ache, and I can't get comfortable. The muscles in my legs are tense, as well.


Oh okay.
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To prevent them you need to stretch your muscles before bed. Charley Horses are from stretching your muscles too far (which you often cannot control in your sleep). Stretching before bed (don't stretch TOO much - just a light stretch to get all your muscles flexed and loosen up) will make it so your body doesn't have any need to stretch until you get up. If you don't stretch before bed, you may have muscles that need flexed or moved and that increases the chances you will get a Charley Horse. If you have a Charley Horse, you need to stand on it and walk on it (if it is your leg - most common). The reason is your muscle has over-tensed and is seizing. You need to loosen the muscle by utilizing it (even if it feels painful - you need to get on your feet and walk or the pain will linger much longer). If you stand on your feet for hours during work, you need to make sure to stretch constantly and take weight off every couple of minutes. If you stand still you are tensing your muscles and when you relax in bed they will seize. If you don't get on your feet during a Charley Horse, the lingering pain may last several hours to days. If you do get on your feet and utilize the muscles properly, the pain should be gone in minutes.
Posted 2/14/17
No idea. It's been a long time since I've had one.
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It has been awhile but it when it happens, it happens when I'm first waking up. You bet I'm wide awake after that.
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