(Closed) Charley Horse at night

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve heard that it could be dehydration. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Can you go to a dr and get your blood tested?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I get them sometimes. For me, I feel better if I jump up immediately and stand on my leg.

I find that sometimes they happen if I have been exercising but not stretching enough. I would be interested to hear what other people recommend. Eating more potassium hasn’t always helped.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I used to get them all the time and they hurt sooooo bad! I usually only get them if I’ve been wearing heels all day.

I have heard potassium helps, everyone always tells me to ‘eat a banana’ when I complain abou them.

Something I read online that worked for me is as soon as you feel yourself getting one, point your foot/toes up towards your legs kind of hard. It really helps me, and makes them go away pretty fast.

The first time I got one I had no idea what was happening. I woke up screaming and it felt like there was a golf ball under my calf. So gross!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I get them too :(. I’ve read that stretching/massaging your leg while its happening can make it end more quickly, and I know from personal experience that the shorter it is the less sore it is the next day.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@star_dust: Hmm, sorry that wasn’t more helpful. I haven’t found any good solutions. Doing that eases the pain for me, though, at least somewhat.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

It is usually caused by an electrolyte balance so make sure you are eating enough potassium and drinking enough water.

When you get them DO NOT stretch the muscle. Active contraction (the charley horse) and passive stretch (you stretching the muscle) will cause a muscle strain (aka a muscle tear) and you will have residual pain. You are currently doing the right thing by massaging the muscle during the contraction. Massage deeply and it will help end the contraction sooner.

Hope this helps!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@star_dust: I hear you. They are really painful. The worst is that your leg aches all the next day, too!

I have never talked to a doctor about this because it is just infrequent enough that it doesn’t seem like a big deal. Maybe I will the next time I’m in, though (and start eating tons of bananas in the meantime!). 

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I get them once in awhile. It’s because of the way I stretch out sometimes.  I will wake up crying in the middle of the night sometimes.  FI will be kind enough to move my leg for me because I never remember to.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Keep a banana beside your bed! Eat half of it (or more) before you go to bed, then have some right there in case it happens again. Banana is chock-full of potassium and can help prevent Charley horses.

Drink 1 BIG glass of water when you get up, before you do anything else. Drink 1 BIG glass of water at dinner, before you eat anything. I try to do these simple steps (as well as keep a water bottle with me at all times during the day…. that makes me drink water mindlessly throughout the day!) to stay hydrated. 

I went through a period where I got Charley horses a lot for no apparent reason. They are awful, so I totally feel your pain. Good luck getting rid of them!!

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