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I NEEDED a husband desperately last night. Seriously!

I woke up with this AGONIZINGLY PAINFUL Charlie Horse
last night that lasted for about 5 minutes, and there
was no man to be found in my bed to rub the calve
muscle of my leg! It was so BAD!

My leg muscles are still sore.

What causes a Charlie Horse?

Have you ever gotten one?
What are you suppose to do to get rid of it fast?

For those of you who have never gotten one,
why do you think you've never gotten one?


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Aug. 14th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
Oh poor sweetie!!

A lot of times Charlie horses and leg cramps are caused by low potassium levels. Sometimes a banana before bed along with some stretching exercises can help. Or a multi-vitamin or potassium supplement can help too!!

Also, if you get one, when you can finally limp around again, try drawing a nice hot bath with some epsom salts and soak that leg for 20 minutes. It'll get rid of the last of the residual pain and tension in the muscles.

Aug. 15th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
Today I'll buy the potassium supplements, and epsom salts as you suggested, and will start eating a banana before bedtime!

I've been getting them quite often lately, but this one was really terrible, and lasted like forever. I'm still limping!

Thank you!
Aug. 14th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
The fastest way I've found to get rid of a charlie horse is the way you don't want to hear. Instead of resisting it by relaxing the muscle, extend the muscle and it'll continue to hurt, but only for a short time (like a minute or less, usually) as it stretches out (GENTLY!) again, but it will relieve it in short order. The minute or so that you're (GENTLY!) stretching it to full length, it's going to be uncomfortable, but it's bearable by comparison. And as my attorney always reminds me to tell you: This is not medical advice.

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Aug. 14th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
I get charlie horsies when I don't have enough fluids or electrolights in me, usually from running. The quickest way to rub one of those things out is marry me and let me work my magical hands on your legs. :P haha
Aug. 15th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
That's probably why I got one; I've been using my bike, instead of the car lately, to attend to errands.

Magical hands, huh? Now I can see what that that saying means: There's nothing like having a man around the bed...err...house! heh heh
Aug. 14th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
You've already had my application... ;)

I'm good at massages :D
Aug. 14th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
try this then go back to sleep
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Aug. 15th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
I have been riding my bick more than usual. Perhaps that's why I got this one that hurt so much.

I'll try the iodized salt. Thanks, and I hope you never get one again!
Aug. 15th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
Bonita, muscle cramps are a symptom of diabetes. I get terrible leg cramps in the middle of the night occasionally. Maybe we can take turns massaging out each others leg cramps. =)
Aug. 15th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't mind getting bunches of those nasty painful things with you at my bedside! ;o)

I never knew that. Many here have made great suggestions to help keep us from getting them, and they make a lot of sense!

Besos, lindo Poeta!
Aug. 15th, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
Just stand up
When I feel one coming on in the middle of the night or when I'm waking up, I jump out of bed to stand because what's happening is your muscle is going into involuntary contractions. Standing up gets rid of it right away because you force it to stay tightened to support your body. Thus it can't loosen up to contract spastically which I think is what's happening. I don't know exactly why it happens, but I've noticed it to occur when you're laying down for a long period of time and you tighten and stretch your calf which causes it to jump out of its relaxed state and spasm to all hell.

And when you're sleeping you might be having a dream that causes you to clinch your muscles and stretch your toes or something, and *boom* charlie horse! It sucks. I use to get them all the time. Just stand up.
Aug. 15th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Just stand up
I did try to stand up, but it took me forever, because the pain was so relentless.

I hope you come back and read what others have said might cause them, and suggestions for prevent us from having them, and things to do to alleviate the pain after it happens.
hmm... - tigron_x - Aug. 16th, 2007 07:23 am (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 15th, 2007 04:30 am (UTC)
potassium imbalance
somebody else MAY may have posted this already...

eat a BUNCH of bananas...

hhave you been sweating a lot from workouts?

Aug. 15th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
Re: potassium imbalance
Yes, I've been working out and sweating more than usual, but then, but then, the weather has been more humid than usual around here.

I'd love to eat a bunch of bananas, but I can't, due to my diabetes, but I'll start eating at least half of a small one from now on, because I don't want to go through what I did that night!

Thanks, and hugs!
Re: potassium imbalance - kayakman - Aug. 15th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 15th, 2007 05:37 am (UTC)
I get them all the time but everyone has filled you in on what to do mine are caused by low potassium because I take water pills. so eat a banana a day I know this is not good for diabetes though so watch your sugar

Now as far as the Husband part all you have to say is yes :) and I have told you many ways to take them leg cramps away =o) and all of them I have to be there to help it is a touch thing :o) you know a hands on job ;o) Wink Wink

I hope you feel better Sweetie
Maybe a kiss will help so have two :)

But if you get one tonight get up on it and put your weight on it fast and then walk it off if it still hurts'
I Love you Sunshine
Aug. 15th, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
Ah...those two kisses really helped! :o)

Hopefully, I won't get another one for years to come!

Love you, too, Sweet Stuff
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Aug. 15th, 2007 09:01 am (UTC)
good grief, girl. how many times do we have to offer ourselves up to you so that you won't have to deal with these things alone? :D

hope you aren't too sore tomorrow
Aug. 15th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, I'm still sore from that terrible ordeal!

how many times do we have to offer ourselves up to you so that you won't have to deal with these things alone?

700x7! heeeee
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Aug. 15th, 2007 09:43 am (UTC)
Breathe Woman! BREATHE!
Your icon is creepy. It looks like you have a bag over your face and you're trying to get it off or it reminds me of this movie where the girl(s) were faceless and creepy. I think it might have been from Pink Floyd the Wall. Don't recall. Or, it might have been Batman where the girl wore a clear plastic mask...?
Aug. 15th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Breathe Woman! BREATHE!
Aye Dave! Can't you see I'm having a major orgasm from masturbating?! Aye, I wonder about you sometimes! haaaaa
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Aug. 15th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you need some of my full body massages......I know you would enjoy them...and I would very much enjoy giving them to you....
Aug. 15th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
Aye! I'm sure you do! :o)
Aug. 15th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
Most of these severe leg cramps that occur out of the blue are caused by a mineral (electrolyte) deficiency.

Sweating can decrease the bodies electrolytes along with certain medications and of course nutritional deficiencies. The most common electrolytes that would be responsible for these cramps would be calcium, potassium, and sodium (salt). When your leg seizes up like that, try stretching and massaging the muscle. For preventative try having something like yoghurt (plain works fine) an hour or so before bed.
Aug. 15th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
Sorry, that was me!
It's been super humid around here, and I have been sweating a lot. Also, I never eat bananas because of my diabetes, although, I am allowed half of a small one.

The plain yoghurt you've suggested sounds like the perfect solution, and will add it to my grocery list.

Thank you so much!

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Aug. 16th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
Sorry little one.....
its hard to identify what the cause may have been but usually they can be triggered by a lack of electrolytes in the body. Low sodium, low potassium, low calcium can all be culprits. The brain tells the muscle to move and there is not enough electrolytes to carry the electrical impulses. When the heat is as bad as it is now you can sweat a lot out and not just fluids the natural body salts leave too. A sports drink can help renew those minerals. Its hard to believe how we used almost OD on those damn salt tablets, when more than not all we needed is to replinish the fluid levels.

Are you taking care of yourself?? You pay such precise attention to the animals but are you taking a daily multivitamin? Are you eating a good selection of fruits? An Apple a day may keep a Doctor away, but a Bananna will keep your potassium levels where they should be.

I would have been most happy to use my skills to get rid of that cramp and ease the pains.... just wish I was closer.
Aug. 18th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry little one.....
Wish you were closer, too. :o)

I have been taking very good care of myself. The only thing I can think of is, that I've been riding my bike more than usual.

I'll start eating a banana a day, as you've suggested!
Aug. 17th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
If you can get grandpa to make that stew for me that you posted a picture and a recipe of last year everyday. I'll marry you tomorrow. I can't remember what it was called but it was a crockpot recipe.
Aug. 18th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
Just wait til I post my ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC Chili con Queso!

For sure, you'll want to marry me! :o)
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