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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

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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.


Thanks for the tip.
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Posted 2/14/17
Hmm, I think like 2-3 months ago after a workout, not fun.
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Posted 2/15/17 , edited 2/15/17
Not a Charlie horse but a severe cramp. I was in bed and after a nap I stretched my legs. It felt like two knives stabbing my calf muscles. It was so painful.
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A few nights ago. Tried some different shoes that were worn out . . . hoping they were not too worn out. Generally I have to get out of bed and stand on the offending leg. THEN I go drink some water. If I had a workout before I went to bed I would take a couple aspirin and some extra water.
I have heard that acidic juices help to prevent the dreaded charlie-horse . . . orange juice, pickle juice... mayhaps some vinegar in water might work too.

When football, futball, basketball, etc., players get them they drink lots of water and electrolytes...

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Its Alway from my Calf Muscle, or from my stomach.. I had to force myself to bent my back, backward just to prevent Charlie horse from happing in the stomach! It hurt like son of bitch!

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Like other people have said I mostly got Charlie Horses while sleeping, but after some time I learned how to fix it immediately. Did the same with hiccups as well. Takes a bit of practice and its something that can really only be self-taught.
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i havent had one in a long time. 2014 maybe?
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I get Charley Horse with my toes at least once a week. I take very deep breaths and breath slowing and think of the word RELAX over and over again until it stops. It least about 1 min.
Posted 2/15/17
I think the last time I had a "Charley Horse" was somewhere around 10-15 years ago. Coincidentally, it was also around the time I started going to the gym every other night and taking a shower afterward, then crashing to sleep within the next hour and a half. I suppose the muscles are just too tired/spent to cramp up on me.
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Lately it's foot cramps. I used to get a lot of calf cramps when sleeping. I'm a kicker so sometimes I kick too much. The pain will wake me up. I've also got calf cramps when practising treading water in the local diving pool. I had to get out and limp/walk around the pool. These days I doggy paddle or just keep on swimming to avoid depending on treading. The stretching I get from doing yoga helps decrease chances to cramp.
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Probably all the way back in high school when I would march parade routes without proper workout nutrition and recovery knowledge.

I do not spare the Gatorade anymore when I do turn on the furnace that is my muscles. I've been that way ever since the recovery period from my ankle repair surgery in 2010.
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I envy the people who gotten a Charley Horse years ago.
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The last time that I remember was back in September when I got kneed in the thigh during a soccer game. It happens to me occasionally when I play, but I've never had one outside of playing soccer. Usually I just massage my thigh and drink some water until it goes away, but it's usually still sore for a while after it goes away.
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