OUCH my aching calf

@dawnald (84146)
Shingle Springs, California
November 28, 2008 6:06pm CST
Well I woke up in the middle of the night with an aching calf that just wouldn't let me sleep (no, not a baby cow, thank you very much). I didn't to any kind of exertion that would have overworked the muscle or anything, so no idea what the heck that was about. The darn thing still hurts too like 12 hours later. Anybody ever woken up with a nasty, crampy muscle pain and no apparent reason for it?
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
2 Dec 08
That happened to me a few weeks ago, and I know exactly what you are talking about. I think I actually screamed out, it hurt so bad. It was still achy for a day or two afterward. It started feeling better once I drank a powerade which has potassium in it. I think that is what causes those type of cramps in the calf, is low potassium.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Dec 08
powerade with potassium, no kidding!
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Yep, it's like gatorade. I have a bottle sitting in front of me right now and it says it has 35mg per serving.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Dec 08
Well I don't have that and I'm not going out again, but I think I will have a banana!
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@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
29 Nov 08
I didn't do anything yesterday to cause muscle aches either but my left calf muscle has been annoying me all day. I have rubbed it and even decided to go for a walk and still hurts.Even made sure to take my multivitamin. I wish my hubby was here so could send him out for bananas!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Nov 08
Bananas? Do they help you with muscle aches? On my way downstairs to eat one!!!
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
29 Nov 08
Lack of potassium can cause muscle cramps. Bananas have lots of potassium!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Nov 08
aha I eat one most days, so I'm guessing that's not it!
@riyasam (16578)
• India
29 Nov 08
it happens once in a while.it happens sometimes in winter season.you might have bumped into something and probobly might have forgotten all about it.a local application of painkiller may give relief.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Nov 08
I think it's more related to lack of sleep, too much sitting, fibromyalgia. I'm pretty sure I didn't bump into something. I bruise pretty easily and I'd have a bruise!
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@riyasam (16578)
• India
29 Nov 08
you are very right.when continuously sitting,try to take breaks in between.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Nov 08
one of my faults :-)
@bfarrier1 (2082)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I wake up quite a bit with leg cramps but I am on my feet all day long so I just chalk it up to that,my feet too.Have you ever had a cramp in you foot OH that hurts really bad.You have a great night.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Dec 08
I have had but usually I can walk those off. This is more like a strained muscle except that I didn't do anything to strain it!
@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
29 Nov 08
Yes, I have gotten leg cramps like that before. It usually means I need some potassium. I will eat a few bananas and then I don't have any problems for a long while. Even after the cramp passes, the soreness will last for a bit. At least you know you are not alone.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Nov 08
bananas all gone, must go out and buy some more! :-)
• United States
29 Nov 08
When that happens it usually means one of two things or both. I am lacking potassium and didn't drink enough water the previous day. That is when I begin a regime of eating a banana everyday for a week and consuming more fluids (mainly water) during the day.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Nov 08
Not enough fluids, hm. That's very possible. I was running around doing Thanksgiving type things all day long!
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
29 Nov 08
If you sit in a weird position for too long (on an airplane, in a car or at a desk) you can have this happen. It can also be from new shoes, if you walk a long distance. Or it can be a early sign of diabetes or a lack of potassium in your body. I get them occasionally, actually if I've been mylotting too long. I think I end up sitting in the same position for too long..... And yet.....Does it keep me away? hehehe
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Nov 08
Yes but the fact that I was on here last night from 11 until 1:30 couldn't possibly have anything to do with it!
• United States
29 Nov 08
I get those a lot and it took me forever to figure out what was causing them. Turns out that I rock myself in my sleep by pushing against the blankets. My husband says I do it all the time. I had no idea! Must be my subconscious way of keeping my muscles from stiffening up on me. I rock myself back and forth when I'm awake because my back gets so sore sitting at the computer. I know I'm doing that though. The rocking in my sleep was a surprise, but some days I wake up with my one or both calves hurting so bad I can barely walk so I know I do it often. I don't know if you're doing something similar in your sleep but it explained a lot for me.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Nov 08
Don't think so, I'm pretty still when I sleep. My husband is the one who is bouncing all over the place!
@patgalca (14556)
• Orangeville, Ontario
29 Nov 08
I got one of those when I was pregnant with my first child (pre-fibro). The darn thing last for at least a week, maybe two (it's hard to remember back 15+ years). I thought, at the time, that it was more severe because I was pregnant. I don't often get muscle cramps in my legs so having one that lasted for so long was pretty bothersome. It's not like it only hurts when you USE the muscle; it hurts all the time. I think I don't get them anymore because I am in better shape now, that is, I exercise (walk) often. Take care. This too shall pass.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Nov 08
I took a walk this afternoon and it is a little bit better now. Probably by tomorrow it will be a lot better!
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
29 Nov 08
I sometimes get leg cramps in the middle of the night. I always still feel it later that next day. It is just a slight aching, but it still hurts. I have been told it is a lack of potassium and that I need to drink more water.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Nov 08
I eat a lot of bananas but I probably do not get enough fluid!