I am in pain right now.

@TheHorse (205016)
Walnut Creek, California
February 27, 2024 7:20am CST
What the hell am I doing up at 4:35 AM? No, I did not have to pee. I had a leg cramp. Do you ever get leg cramps while you're sleeping? I get them about once a week. I generally eat some salt, drink some water or Gatorade, and walk (more like shuffle) around my place until it goes away. OK, it's finally starting to abate. I will head back to bed soon. Older musicians also complain of hand cramps, especially when playing in the hot sun. Have you ever had those? I did not get any hand cramps at today, practice, even though I was drinking beer, not Gatorade. Kitty is running around, traying to get my attention. We already did a purr fest earlier in the night. Wish me luck getting back to sleep.
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@LadyDuck (457195)
• Switzerland
27 Feb
I do not get leg cramps often, but when it happens I extend my leg and pull my foot towards me. Keep for a few seconds and the pain disappear.
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@LadyDuck (457195)
• Switzerland
27 Feb
@Beestring It is the only method that works. Getting up and walking often worsens the pain.
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@Beestring (13270)
• Hong Kong
27 Feb
I do the same.
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• United States
27 Feb
that's the best solution @LadyDuck
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@FourWalls (61865)
• United States
27 Feb
Oh, the old Charley horse. I’ll tell you what my massage therapist told me, that seems to work in alleviating them: point your foot in the direction of the pain. If it’s going down your leg, point your foot down, and if it’s going up your leg, point your foot up. Bananas are also reportedly great for Charley horses (to keep them away, not help more show up…).
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@FourWalls (61865)
• United States
27 Feb
@LadyDuck — just shows you how unique we all are. Most people are told to increase potassium to reduce the cramps.
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@LadyDuck (457195)
• Switzerland
27 Feb
The method your therapist told you is the only one that works for me. Weird, I get leg crampy IF I eat bananas.
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
27 Feb
Babanas have potassium in the m. my old guys always bring them to Summer day softball games.
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@May2k8 (18049)
• Indonesia
27 Feb
I always massage my legs before sleeping so I never feel cramps.
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@ptrikha_2 (45416)
• India
28 Feb
@May2k8 That is a good idea. I once followed this routine for a few days and it helped me in coping up with strains when walking long distances.
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@ptrikha_2 (45416)
• India
29 Feb
@TheHorse Sometimes yes, if I have had high water intake during the night.
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
27 Feb
Sounds like a good idea. I should drink a bunch of water before I go to bed.
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• United States
27 Feb
Getting those leg cramps at night certainly are painful. Hope you were able to go back to sleep with no more aches.
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
27 Feb
Thanks. I did get back to sleep with no problem.
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@vandana7 (98687)
• India
5 Mar
Once a week is too frequent, don't you think?
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Mar
@vandana7 It probably varies person to person.
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@JudyEv (325105)
• Rockingham, Australia
28 Feb
I dreamt about having cramp in my leg and eventually the pain woke me up. I get them from time to time.
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@ptrikha_2 (45416)
• India
28 Feb
@JudyEv When would you get a Dream of hosting your Mylot Friends to a Gala Dinner ?
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
28 Feb
Reading the comments to this post made me eat some salt just now. I will also drink some fluids (other than vodka ) before I go to bed.
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@ptrikha_2 (45416)
• India
29 Feb
@JudyEv Dream for someone, nightmare for others.
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@Happy2BeMe (99410)
• Canada
27 Feb
Hope you were able to get back to sleep. Drinking pickle juice relieves leg cranps.I am a graphic designer so I get hand cramps often from using the mouse on my computer for extended periods of time. I also have a trigger finger that locks in place sometimes and I have to snap it back.
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
28 Feb
I keep hearing about pickle juice. What is it about pickle juice? Don't tell @Vandana7 I asked. She is a MyLot pervert, and is obsessed with pickles.
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
28 Feb
@Happy2BeMe I wonder what the vinegar contributes.
@Happy2BeMe (99410)
• Canada
28 Feb
@TheHorse I won't. I think it is the vinegar and salt
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@BarBaraPrz (45418)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
27 Feb
Cramp or blood clot?
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@BarBaraPrz (45418)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
28 Feb
@TheHorse That too.
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
28 Feb
If it's a blood clot I've had lots of blood clots. How can I still be alive?
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
28 Feb
@BarBaraPrz "Too mean to die"!
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@ptrikha_2 (45416)
• India
28 Feb
Waking up at such a time when one has not completed his or her sleep can be so challenging. Good that the pain went away. Were you overdoing things physically during some of the last few days?
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
28 Feb
No, not really. I tend to get charlie horses (a word from childhood) no matter what I've been doing. Or not doing.
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@marguicha (215061)
• Chile
27 Feb
I´m so sorry! Leg cramps are part of my life and some are very nasty so they don´t go away easily.
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
27 Feb
I did some walking stretches and this one was almost gone by the time I was writing.
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@marguicha (215061)
• Chile
27 Feb
@TheHorse When I wake up with a cramp, I have to sit on my bed and move my legs for a while.
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
27 Feb
@marguicha I try to get on my feet so I can do a "walking stretch."
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@DWDavis (25812)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
27 Feb
I hope you were able to get back to sleep. I get leg cramps now and then. Oddly enough, they more often hit when I'm getting up from my desk or putting on my shoes.
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@vandana7 (98687)
• India
5 Mar
Could be circulation related. Prolonged sitting?
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
27 Feb
I did get back to sleep. Thanks.
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 Mar
@vandana7 My chronic lower back pain, yes. But my cramps, no.
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@RasmaSandra (73101)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
27 Feb
I hope you got back to sleep. I rarely get leg cramps. My husband was another story he got them during the night. Our funniest episode happened while we had our girl cat Cha Cha. During the night she found different places to sleep and you had to be careful if you got out of the bed at night. My husband had a leg cramp and he tried to stand up but slid and fell to the floor. He kicked out with one foot and wound up kicking Cha Cha in the cheek. She had a puffed up face for a while but otherwise was OK and they both survived,
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@RasmaSandra (73101)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
28 Feb
@TheHorse my husband and Cha Cha remained good friends until she passed but she looked so funny poor thing her face lopsided.
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
29 Feb
@RasmaSandra I hope it did not last long. Kitty is being a pain, walking slowly in front of me, tonight.
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
28 Feb
Did they forgive each other? Kitty likes to walk slowly in front of me. I tell her she's going to get squished one day. But does she listen?
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29 Feb
I did not get a leg cramp but I saw many old people getting them and facing trouble
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Mar
@sathviksouvik I will do some stretches before I head to Guitar Center today.
@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
29 Feb
What kinds of trouble? Mine tend to go away pretty quickly.
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1 Mar
@TheHorse thanks the Horse for old people the lubricating fluid between the knees diminish. So they bear pain.
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@thelme55 (76466)
• Germany
28 Feb
I sometimes have a leg cramps and when it happens, I pull my toes towards me and wait until the pain is gone. It is very painful.
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
28 Feb
It sounds like some version of that is what most of us do. I also seek out salt, a banana (if I have one), and water.
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@LindaOHio (155285)
• United States
28 Feb
I haven't had a leg cramp in years. When I did, I would jump out of bed and immediately stand on that foot. That usually stopped the cramp in its tracks. I rarely get cramps in my hands...just arthritic stiffness and pain. Hope you and KItty have a good day.
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@vandana7 (98687)
• India
5 Mar
@TheHorse California must be warm now. Do your pain attacks increase during winters?
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
28 Feb
"Jump out of bed" describes what I do. If I m "trapped" in my sheets, the pain is worse.
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@LindaOHio (155285)
• United States
29 Feb
@TheHorse Ouch! I hope you're better.
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@GardenGerty (157427)
• United States
28 Feb
Good luck. I get them fairly often, because I am old. Once a doctor told me to drink original V8, Hubby and I find it effective. I have been known to take a swig or two of pickle juice. My hands hurt and have cramps. I have carpal tunnel, arthritis, etc. Had bad muscle cramps night before last.
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
28 Feb
I shuld (sic) get some V8. But I'd be tempted to put vodka in it.
@snowy22315 (169477)
• United States
28 Feb
Good luck. I hate leg cramps. I am careful not to hyper extend my legs which seems to bring them on.
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
28 Feb
I am not sure what brings them on for me.
@vandana7 (98687)
• India
5 Mar
Check your calcium, vitamin D 3 ... I doubt if it is those in your case because you like milk products and are an outdoor person. B complex, Vitamin K, and Vitamin E can also give such issues. My cramps are related to calcium, primarily because of lactose intolerance, and I do forget to take my tablets more often than not. But they are not as frequent as yours. I did get a very bad bout of it once while driving. I stopped the car and waited. That is another reason I no longer drive.
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@vandana7 (98687)
• India
5 Mar
@TheHorse Yogurt doesn't have as much calcium as milk. Sigh.
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 Mar
@vandana7 I had not known that.
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 Mar
I do tend to eat yogurt.
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@wolfgirl569 (94603)
• Marion, Ohio
27 Feb
I hope you got back to sleep. I don't get leg cramps very often thankfully
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@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
27 Feb
I was able to stretch and get it to go away.
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• Cloverdale, Indiana
27 Feb
Good luck going back to sleep, hubby gets them every now & then & wakes me up, what for?? I d k but it takes him a couple hrs to get them worked out. I use to get them but thank god I don't & hope not to cause I know it about kills me to even walk later.
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• United States
28 Feb
i suffer with lyme disease
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@vandana7 (98687)
• India
5 Mar
What is that...let me check. Oh ok...I understand, but some sites say it is curable...
@TheHorse (205016)
• Walnut Creek, California
28 Feb
What are some of the symptoms of lyme disease?