Friday, July 10, 2015

A horse called "Charley"

Leg cramps also known as "Charley Horses" have been plaguing me for some time.  Last night I had one hit me so suddenly I was up jumping around the room like I had been set on fire.  Those suckers hurt so bad!!!!!!!!!! My toes curl under and my leg just knots up into one huge cramp.  My doctor prescribed a muscle relaxer but honestly it doesn't seem to be helping.  I get them just as often and just as severe as  before.  I read this morning that it can be due to dehydration, low calcium or magnesium.  Guess I'll try to increase all three.

I can only imagine what I look like when I jump up and start screaming while dancing around the room.  My husband always looks at me like my cheese has slid off my cracker.  He usually just yells back "what" "what"......all I can do is point to where it hurts and scream.  Then when he finally figures it out he will make me sit down and he tries to rub wherever it hurts which only makes me yell louder cause it hurts so darn bad.  And of course it feels like it takes forever before it starts to calm down and by then I'm half laughing and half crying.

Does anyone else have leg cramps and what have you done to decrease them?  I'm open for suggestions!

6 comments:

Gwen said...

It's a vitamin/mineral deficiency, but I don't recall which one. I suspect a Google search could give you the answer. Good luck! I get it in my toes sometimes...thankfully, not often.

Anonymous said...

Is it potassium deficiency? Eating bananas may help.

Janet

Olga Hebert said...

i get them when I am dehydrated. A firm push on the bare floor with the foot usually helps.

Aunt Betsy said...

I used to get those. A Dr told me to extend leg straight out, toes pointing up, and then pull toes back toward your knee... it stretches that muscle. Used to work for me. I also recommend Blue Max Plus (an Emu oil product) that I get at Walmart and Sams. I swear that stuff really works for me. I get a lot of knotted muscles in my back and stiff neck muscles.

Anonymous said...

I have tried drinking tonic water (with quinine) in the late afternoon and that has helped. Give it a try...I hope it will help. Gladys

Judy said...

I too drink tonic water with quinine. My dad took quinine pills when he had that problem. Also I push down hard with my foot against the floor and stretch my muscles out plus walk around or if in bed already, stick my leg straight out and stretch the muscles. Good luck!