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    So this weird thing happened to me while sleeping, where my calf muscles involuntarily flexed, and stayed that way for a couple of minutes. And the intensity of the contraction was really really strong, so much so that it really hurts. It's happened to me before, and sometimes it leaves me okay, and other times, it lasts so long that I have a sore leg for a couple of days. Does this happen to any of you? What can I do about it?

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    Sounds like a Charlie Horse.

    Typically brought on by not enough potassium and/or (more likely IMO) dehydration.

    The first time I had one when I was about 15 I described as "my calf muscle folded over".
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenLi View Post
    So this weird thing happened to me while sleeping, where my calf muscles involuntarily flexed, and stayed that way for a couple of minutes. And the intensity of the contraction was really really strong, so much so that it really hurts. It's happened to me before, and sometimes it leaves me okay, and other times, it lasts so long that I have a sore leg for a couple of days. Does this happen to any of you? What can I do about it?
    not a dr, and only guessing, but sounds like an electrolyte imbalance.
    I had similar episodes (one lasted over an hour) due to electrolyte imlbalance caused by sweating too much and also urinating too much (this is what sent me to the dr. where I was dx'd diabetic).
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    I think aliens were probing you in your sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taerom View Post
    I think aliens were probing you in your sleep.
    Exactly. If he simply removes the implant he'll be find.

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    Charlie horse. I have these a lot. Samething, sleeping in the calf. I had it twice in a row once man that was horrible. I find that rubbing your calf helps ease the pain and don't move it makes it worse.

    Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.

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    I've had them really bad before while swimming hard....that's frightening because suddenly I'm swimming on one leg and in quite a bit of pain, usually in water over my head. It takes several minutes to work it out.

    I guess it's dehydration combined with cold temperatures that triggers it for me. Never had one while sleeping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzzbox View Post
    Charlie horse. I have these a lot. Samething, sleeping in the calf. I had it twice in a row once man that was horrible. I find that rubbing your calf helps ease the pain and don't move it makes it worse.
    I find just the opposite. I have to get up almost immediately and start walking it off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    I find just the opposite. I have to get up almost immediately and start walking it off.

    I do the same thing. I hop out of bed and starting walking around the room. It normally only lasts for 30 seconds or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    I find just the opposite. I have to get up almost immediately and start walking it off.
    Yep. I used to get them in my lower legs and the arches of my feet at night. Really terrible pain. When it'd come on, I'd wake up and immediately stand up and start walking around to get rid of it.

    I don't know what I'm doing differently now, but I haven't gotten one in a few years, thankfully. Not a fun way to wake up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    I find just the opposite. I have to get up almost immediately and start walking it off.
    If I move it just a slight bit it would get even more painful.

    Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.

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    The way to fix it is probably to eat bananas
    and drink gatorade

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaiju-velo View Post
    The way to fix it is probably to eat bananas
    and drink gatorade
    QFT

    get more potassium in your diet.
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    Stretch the muscle using reciprocal inhibition.

    Basically, lift your toes and foot up towards your head. This action will engage the muscles on the front of your leg (around your shin) and thus force your calf muscles to relax. It hurts to do, but it works well.

    The physiology behind it is a bit more complicated...I just don't feel like typing out a lecture on muscles.
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    You guys just aren't eating enough bananas or kiwi.

    Yep yep. Shill.
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    I think the bone elves,which we all have whether we admit it or not, are tunneling in that bone and got a bit close to the surface. Probably building a harvest tunnel to reach your leg hair follicles. They use leg hair as a base for their fungus gardens, and calf hair is some of the best base material.

    You could send in some dwarfs to kill the elves, but that is painful and sometimes the dwarfs will make a side trip to your thoracic cavity to do a bit of organ grinding. You do not know pain until a full grown takes a grinder to your liver or pancreas. Ouch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Yep. I used to get them in my lower legs and the arches of my feet at night. Really terrible pain. When it'd come on, I'd wake up and immediately stand up and start walking around to get rid of it.

    I don't know what I'm doing differently now, but I haven't gotten one in a few years, thankfully. Not a fun way to wake up.
    I'm not sure if its an age thing....but I've noticed more last few years I don't wake up as easily with it. I'm "sleeping", but can't force myself to wake up to walk it off. I lay there in pain for a bit first. It also makes muscle more sore the next day.

    It's probably actually only 10 - 20 seconds more...but it feels like hours because of the pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    You guys just aren't eating enough bananas or kiwi.

    Yep yep. Shill.
    I eat a banana a day to keep the doctor away.

    Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    You guys just aren't eating enough bananas or kiwi.

    Yep yep. Shill.
    I mentioned potassium, but I think dehydration is a much bigger factor than potassium. At least, IMO.
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    banana, potassium, "charlie" horses. all quackery. it is bone elves. you might see if there are any druids in the area, they could confirm this for you and probably even drive them out.
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    I'm pretty sure the druids are having a battle against elves and when the electrical lines come crashing down the charlie horse appears.

    Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.

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    Yezzzzzz, ze doctor will zeee you now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tude View Post


    Yezzzzzz, ze doctor will zeee you now...
    X is a doctor? Who knew?
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    I certainly didn't. Oh well, who wants some unnecessary, invasive surgery?

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