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Man, Did I Get A Hamstring Cramp At 3 a.m. !

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Joe Strummer, Aug 6, 2012.

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  1. Joe Strummer

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    I walked 18 holes ( shot 86....good for me ! ) +
    came home and push-mowed my lawn, yesterday.
    It was hot + humid !
    Had to go to bed early - I was so tired.
    The AC was blowing on my lower legs all night.
    ***** 3 a.m. ******
    I roll over, pulled my right leg up over the pillow
    I sleep with between my knees.
    WHOA !!!!!!
    My flexed right hamstring locks up FAST.
    I rolled onto my back + tried to point my toes to my chin.
    I'm starting to wince + moan...:cry:...I didn't want to wake
    the baby and my wife.:nono:
    After a good 60 second fight.....I got it under control.
    It was locked so bad -- I pulled my leg up toward the ceiling
    and yanked my ankle up , so the hamstring would be stretched.
    I held it there for 5 minutes !......looking at this strange shadow
    of my leg + arm
    on the wall + ceiling.
    I never did straighten it out completely.
    That sucker was getting to a VERY PAINFUL level---
    whew !.......I just caught it or I would have had to have help.
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    My hamstrings have been "tight" my whole life.
    But as I youngster.....they didn't cramp.
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    I ain't no youngster anymore !
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    Anybody else ?
     
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    When this has happened to me, I have always been able to attribute it to a lack of fluid intake the previous day. You may have drank enough water for a normal day, but did you drink enough considering you walked 18 and mowed the lawn in the heat? It may not be what caised it, but it's something to consider.
     
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    Nice going on the 86:thumbsup:

    Potassium deficiency is usually the cause. Eat more bananas!

    My wife occasionally gets these terrible ones and forget about not waking anyone. She screams, the first few times, I thought someone broke into the house. She scared the crap out of dog, too!:evillaugh
    She's screaming, dog barking & it's 3 AM.:nono: I'd like some sleep.

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/239357-information-on-potassium-for-leg-cramps/
     
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    Joe is right - it is definitely potassium defenciency thay causes those cramps. I got one a couple of weeks ago and it is a nightmare while you are going through it. I stretched out the muscle right away (I read that you should do this a while back) and it did alleviate the tightness and the muscle did not hurt as much. By the next day it was fine.

    It could be you lost a lot of minerals through sweating on the golf course. You could start taking a potassium/magnesium supplement, and that would take care of any future problem.
     
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    Oh it's definitely from the dehydration.
    Funny thing was.....
    on the golf course, I drank a bottle of watered
    down Gatorade.
    I always mix a bottle of water w/ either OJ.....or
    lately, Gatorade.
    Potassium + electrolites refuelers.
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    The cold AC blowing on those muscles was a bad recipe.
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    I just talked to my wife, on the phone ---
    She told me "Oh, I saw you holding up your leg.....but if I
    moved at all....the baby would have woke up......you were
    on your own last night.":rolleyes2:
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    Joe,
    You had me laughing w/ that story !:thumbsup:
     
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    Happens to my calf muscle periodically and always at night in bed. I wake up and stretch and bam! It definately holds you captive until it finally subsides.
     
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    3 things...

    There are 3 things that will make me shoot out of bed like a rocket!

    1. A Leg Cramp
    2. Acid Reflux
    3. Sonic Boom

    1. I drink way too much caffeine :nono:
    2. I find I can no longer eat the foods that I love :cry:
    3. Thank god they retired the Space Shuttle :rolleyes2:
     
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    I had a Charlie Horse once so bad I was in tears. Only time I have ever had one, and like yours it hit me when I was sleeping. That was the worst pain I had ever had, and I have gone through a pneumothorax, and that was really bad.
     
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    Eating bananas help. If you watch PGA events on TV they disappear under the grandstands, and one event they had a camera in there. 3 guys were standing there woofing down bananas they had for them.
     
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    Wow-sonic bomb. There's a term I bet I haven't heard in 45+ years. I remember hearing them as a kid.
     
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    I have restless legs and move around a lot while sleeping. You just have to move your leg the wrong way once and you're hobbling for a couple of days. I got the restless legs issue to settle down with calcium and magnesium. I agree with the advice given, stay well hydrated and eat a banana every day.
     
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    Somebody reminded me about drinking quinine ( sp ?) water.
    My father used to drink it for his cramps.
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    I'm kinda amazed that some people don't get cramps ?
    I'm so used to it....
    I thought everybody gets them all the time like me.
     
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    oh yeh....I forgot to mention...
    my left leg has a Shin Splint.
    I put ice on it this a.m....it's inflamed + red.
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    I'm a mess !:evillaugh
     
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