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Screaming Calf Cramp

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I had a GREAT walk on my treadmill yesterday. Since it was snowing outside I challenged myself by walking a little faster than typical on the treadmill. Felt terrific afterward and went through the rest of my Saturday without any difficulty.

Which is why I was SHOCKED to be awakened from a dead sleep by a screaming cramp in my left calf. My DH distantly remembers the event. I'm surprised it didn't fully wake him - I was waving my leg in the air and clutching my calf while shrieking "Ow! Ow! Ow!". I likely should have gotten out of bed and walked it out. Instead I writhed around until it (more or less) passed.

Although my DH sometimes gets these "wake the dead" leg cramps, this was my first. What really surprised me is that today I can STILL feel it. My calf keeps twinging, reminding me that at ANY MOMENT it might decide to send me shrieking to the floor.

So....guess I'm off to do some research on what I SHOULD have done to prevent this. I'm VERY motivated to head off any future calf attacks!
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SUZIB123 6/25/2010 6:52PM

    I have to agree --you need to be properly hydrated(drink water) and try 1/2 banana before bed! emoticon Hope this helps. This winter I shoveled snow 3 days in a roll and my back decided that it would put me out -but I fooled it -- I gave my body water and bananas!

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ZOEWEI 6/13/2010 7:37PM

  yup try a lot of these soft cures in the troes of one of them your bff can pick you up off the ceiling good luck.

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ZOEWEI 6/13/2010 7:34PM

  This may be a day late and a dollar short but besides water regular stretching stops this from my experience. I don't mean when it happens tho believe it or not with deep breathing it helps at the time.....eventually sorry i know it fn hurts


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REDCHILIFLAKES 5/18/2010 12:06PM

    Drink lots of water! Killer leg cramps run in my family and we drink lots of water and eat lots of bananas.

Good luck!

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JANE1216 5/17/2010 9:45PM

    Oh my -- that must have been a real nightmare! I've had a charlie horse a time or two - and those are bad enough - but to get it in the middle of the night - ouch for sure! What a rude awakening - so to speak --- so sorry to hear that you had this -- looks like some good suggestions from some sparkers -- hope you find something that will help you out.



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EUGENERUGOSA 5/17/2010 6:01PM

    I see that someone else recommended potassium. It makes a big difference. I just have a banana a day & have eliminated the cramps.

Good luck.

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KATHRYNLP 5/16/2010 11:26PM

    Hope this helps..


Treatment for leg cramps is straightforward and easy to follow. Avoid tight bed covers, which can lead to pointing of the toes and subsequent cramps. Stretch your calf muscles for about five minutes nightly before getting into bed. If you have a cramp, pull your toes back (don't point them), and, if necessary, put your foot on the floor and lean forward.

Some evidence suggests that a potassium deficiency may cause nocturnal leg cramps. Many sleepers have eliminated their cramps entirely just by making sure they eat plenty of potassium rich foods, including

•Bananas, apricots, nectarines, dates, grapes, or raisins
•Beans
•Cabbage/brocc
oli family of vegetables
•Oranges, grapefruit, and their juice
•Pork and lamb
•Potatoes and corn
•Saltwater fish (for example, tuna)
•Tomatoes and tomato juice
Of course, if you wake up with a leg cramp, a banana's not going to do you much good, so here are some tips to relieve cramps immediately:

•Apply a hot compress to the cramped muscles.
•Massage the cramped muscles.
•Stretch and flex. Lie on your back in bed, lift your legs, extend them toward the ceiling, and then point your toes to the ceiling and flex them slowly back toward your calf. Repeat this flex and stretch until the cramps stop. For an extra good stretch, grab your toes while still in this position and pull them down toward your knees. You'll feel this stretch working in the back of the calf muscles.



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LILPAT3 5/16/2010 7:48PM

    Properly warming up and cooling down is a must. Increase your potassium intake for a few days (more bananas) and stretching and self massage...rubbing from ankle up towards hips! emoticon

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