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worst muscle cramp ever
Woke up with a scream
Last night while I was sleeping I had the worst muscle cramp I have ever had. It was in the calf muscle of my right leg. I was so bad that I woke up screaming from the pain. I grabbed it and applying pressure seemed to help lessen the pain. It felt like the muscle had tightened so much that it was ripping itself apart.
For a long time after it felt like it wanted to clench up again and it took effort to keep it relatively relaxed. I didnt know what to do so I took some of my husbands bad back pills and wraped my leg in bandages to keep pressure on the muscle. I am still limping this morning and it feels very weird to stretch.
As far as I can remember as I was falling back asleep and it got all pins and needles through the whole muscle.
On this site its gives a number of reasons....
Although the exact cause of leg cramps has not yet been successfully determined there are thought to be a number of possible causes including:
- Dehydration (not taking on enough water, especially in hot conditions).
- Low potassium or sodium (salt) levels.
- Low carbohydrate levels.
- Very tight muscles.
I reckon mine was due to very tight muscles as I often feel my muscles are extremely tight and often during the day feel a cramp coming on and have to will the muscles to relax.
Anyone have any idea about what I might do to keep my muscles from being so tight so often that they can wake me up like that?