Post # 1
Ouch! Last night, I woke up in the middle of the night with the worst charley horse I’ve ever had. Seriously, it felt like someone was stabbing me in the leg, probably the most pain I’ve ever been in. I tried my best to stretch and rub it, but it’s still sore a day later.
Does anyone else ever get charley horses? How can you prevent them?
Post # 3
it’s just the worst thing ever! Sometimes I get them back to back and it always hurts the next day if I rub it. MY FI is a personal trainer, and he gets on me whenever I get them because it usually means: you didn’t stretch well, you may have low potassium or you may be dehydrated. I don’t get them often but when I do.. YOWZA!
Post # 4
They hurt like an MF!
Usually means you are lacking potassium in your diet! Do you take a multivit?
Also when it happens – DO NOT STRETCH IT – because the muscle is in contraction stretching it will cause the muscle to tear and therefore you will have pain for longer! You want to massage it out and stretch it after the contractions stop!!!!!!
I haven’t had one in forever but when I get them they make me bawl my eyes out!
Post # 5
I agree taking a multivitamin will help! I used to get really bad ones & the ONLY way to get rid of it is to walk it off. I swear its the last thing you WANT to do, but once you get up and walk on it, the pain goes away!
@futureMrsMartin: Ahhh I always stretch it! I found that if I didn’t I’d have a tightness in it for days afterwards…
Post # 6
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Oh man, that’s the worst! I absolutely hate that!!!! I don’t get them very often, but when I do…ugh, it’s terrible!
Post # 7
You know what, I do normally take a multivitamin, but I actually forgot and didn’t take it yesterday. I was also pretty dehydrated (a lot of coffee and not a lot of water), so it sounds like that was a bad combo! I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets these. The pain is terrible. I think my husband thought I was exaggerating or something, but I was literally crying it was so bad.
Post # 8
I always get them in my toes – of all places! I usually like to curl up or sit cross legged while I watch TV or whatever – and whenever I stretch my legs, I usually get them! So painful and a pain in the a**. I always assumed it was due to dehydration – might have to check out those multivitamins!
Post # 9
I’m not sure if these are charley horse things or not but sometimes when I haven’t worked out in a while, my thighs and knees hurt so badly I can hardly stand it. It’s very strange.
Post # 10
This is random, but potassium actually helps prevent getting them- so eat more bananas!
Post # 11
is a charley horse a cramp?
Post # 12
i get those all the time ..and always when i layin in bed ..and mostly i sleeping …my honey actually helps me massage my legs cuz its sooo hard to do that and cry in agony…all because i don’t eat enough bananas..seems like to punishment don’t fit the crime. Whatever the case , i can soooo sympathize with u ..nothing like gettin woken up in the middle night because ur in pain.
Post # 13
@swissbride, yep, it’s just another word for a cramp in your calf, usually at night.
I started taking my multivitamins regularly, and the cramps seem to have stopped. Unfortunately, I hate bananas, so I might have to find some other foods that have potassium in them.
Post # 14
I get these, too. I take a mineral supplement at night. It helps you sleep better, too. THe reason they happen in the middle of the night is because that is when your kidneys are at their highest function. I usually only get them now if I’ve had too much wine:-) Alcohol is a diuretic so it causes you to lose minerals.
Post # 15
eat more bananas! the potassium keeps the muscle/nerve synapses firing so they don’t lock up into a cramp.
Post # 16
eat bananas!!! They are stocked with potassium!!!! 🙂 🙂