long but from the queen of CALF CRAMPS!
Originally Posted by wombatclay
Pointing your toes will make a calf spasm sooooooo much worse it's hard to believe...
WOW... I didn't quite know how to explain this to anyone so I never bothered but I know EXACTLY what you mean!!!! With DD I as the QUEEN of nightly leg cramps!!!! To the point where DP was "trained" to (practicly in his sleep) jump up and massage my calf when I would cry out "CRAMP" and whack him in the side! It is the most horrendu, paralysing feeling!!!
Then the one or two I've had so far here have left me with that pain (oddley also my left leg) for (the first was a good two weeks) and the second was only a day or two...
I was told that it is very possible to "sprain" your muscle from an intense cramp but that if it doesn't get any better you need to see some one... ongoing pain can be the sign of a blood clot... but like I said the pain I had lasted at LEAST two weeks.
So here's the tricks! HEAT AND MASSAGE!!! Some one had mentioned heat packs out of rice and I with my last nasty "sprain" I put the heat on it a few times and it helped it go away alot faster.
Some one mentioned Bananas and they are dead on! It's a big potassium issue involved with the leg cramps!
I've read that doing regular calf stretches before going to bed can help...
But the other thing
is that when they come on real suddenly (and you know they do), dont sit and think they will go away... massage (or have dh massage) as soon as it starts and keeping rubbing it out and for a minute or so after you think it's gone.... I've noticed that if I dont rub it enough when it's happening, thats when I get the "sprained muscle"
and what ever you do.... DONT TRY TO FLEX IT away WHILE it's happening!!!! You can only rub it away!