(Closed) Charley Horse!

posted 9 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
925 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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 Fiance 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.Undecided  I don’t get them often but when I do.. YOWZA!

Post # 4
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

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
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

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 # 8
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
67 posts
Worker bee

This is random, but potassium actually helps prevent getting them- so eat more bananas!

Post # 11
696 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

is a charley horse a cramp?

Post # 12
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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 # 14
1901 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
639 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

eat more bananas!  the potassium keeps the muscle/nerve synapses firing so they don’t lock up into a cramp.


Post # 16
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

eat bananas!!! They are stocked with potassium!!!! 🙂 🙂

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