Charley Horse

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    Nov 03, 2011 2:05 AM GMT
    i just got THE MOTHER OF ALL CHARLEY HORSES in my left quad for about 5 minutes, THEN it switched to my right quad for 2 minutes. I was actually crying. It's weird because I went to the gym this morning around 7am, worked out (weight training) till about 8:30am (full body), went to work from 11-6 (on my feet all day), then got home around 7pm and did random shit for 3 hrs and all of a sudden was lying in bed catching up on internet-TV and got it.

    I don't know what I did wrong. But how can I prevent it or deal with it next time. Pretty much this time I dealt with it by tearing up, swearing all sorts of colorful words and massaging the muscle. I did forget to stretch after working out this morning but really? It took 14hrs to take effect??
  • Suetonius

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    Nov 06, 2011 9:56 PM GMT
    Try asking a physiciain - it could be totally unrelated to your workouts. Night time very painful cramping of leg muscles is not uncommon, and there are various remedies - which may or may not work. Try googleing "cramp" or "charleyhorse" and there should be some information.
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    Nov 06, 2011 10:00 PM GMT
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    Nov 06, 2011 10:55 PM GMT
    Charlie is a unicorn, not a horse.

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    Nov 06, 2011 10:56 PM GMT
    ingenious84 said


    i am dying of laughterrrrrr

    lol silly paul ;/
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    Nov 06, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
    I recently discovered that avoiding sunshine like I do has made me significantly vitamin-D deficient. It's tested by drawing blood. After I started taking Vitamin-D3 suppliments I had significantly fewer cramps. Now I start getting leg cramps if I forget to take the pills. Also, happens if I'm dehydrated.

    Edit: gatoraide didn't solve the problem.
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    Nov 06, 2011 11:06 PM GMT
    There can be different causes for these types of cramps. I used to get them on a regular basis until I started eating bananas. It must have been low potassium.
  • trijiminal

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    Nov 06, 2011 11:07 PM GMT
    when i ran track, i was always told that eating more potassium (bananas) will prevent them.

    also, make sure you do a thorough cool-down and stretch well after your workout.
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    Nov 06, 2011 11:08 PM GMT
    icyhot saidi just got THE MOTHER OF ALL CHARLEY HORSES in my left quad for about 5 minutes, THEN it switched to my right quad for 2 minutes. I was actually crying. It's weird because I went to the gym this morning around 7am, worked out (weight training) till about 8:30am (full body), went to work from 11-6 (on my feet all day), then got home around 7pm and did random shit for 3 hrs and all of a sudden was lying in bed catching up on internet-TV and got it.

    I don't know what I did wrong. But how can I prevent it or deal with it next time. Pretty much this time I dealt with it by tearing up, swearing all sorts of colorful words and massaging the muscle. I did forget to stretch after working out this morning but really? It took 14hrs to take effect??


    I would bet $5.00 that you were severely dehydrated. You need some electrolytes. Go to the store and get some Pedialyte (You can get generic... its much cheaper) and drink a bottle of that and make sure you are adequately hydrated before you train again. I like the grape flavored pedialyte. (Gatorade has a tremendous amount of sugar, pedialyte is better, although more expensive.)
  • irishguy202

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    Nov 06, 2011 11:08 PM GMT
    ingenious84 said


    That is so frigin' hilarious!!!