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worst muscle cramp ever

Updated on July 26, 2011

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?


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    • Vickie Bovender profile image

      Vickie Bovender 6 years ago from Southeastern US

      Definitely drinking more water will help and if you have some antacids around (Tums, for example), they might help in the short run while you're going through a crampy night. I agree with the potassium thing, too. If you like bananas, maybe you could munch on one of those every day or so?

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      GlstngRosePetals 6 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      I know exactly the feeling of a muscle cramp in your calf especially while your sleeping. I use to get these a lot while I was pregnant and it is true it's from not enough water and potassium. When I get these cramps now during sllep I usually end up flip flopping around in my bed like a fish out of water and my husband wakes up and pulls my leg straight to help stretch the muscle and normally it helps. I hope you get a goodnight sleep tonight with no spasms.

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      kirstenblog 8 years ago from London UK

      thanks guys, the bit about pointing the toes up towards the knee is great, am sitting here doing it as I type lol. The muscle has felt stiff all day now and it feels good so is probably helping :)

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Especially when laying in bed and stretching your leg muscles always stretch them with your toes up...towards your knees... this will help prevent those muscle spasms...promise

      regards Zsuzsy

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Stretching would definitely help. The best way to do this is to push up against a wall: Make sure your leg looks like this when doing so: \ Make sure it's straight. What helps me is that during the course of the day, you should be drinking 8 glasses of water or more. To be on the safe side, you should really drink water until your urine is clear as an abundance of water will flush out your system of wastes. I usually do this when I get the flu. It always works. Hope this helped.