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PostSubject: Charlie Horse!   Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:11 pm

I've been having trouble with my leg lately; a Charlie Horse. OUCH! It happens to me in the middle of the night...or right after I finish walking on my treadmill. I rub really hard on my leg and the worst of the pain is gone; however, I can still feel it throughout the day. Any other ways to get rid of it, besides rubbing it? Could it be the treadmill? I've had problems with my feet since I was little (flat feet, and I had to wear Orthopedic shoes). Even now my feet and ankles swell a lot and I have to wear orthodics sometimes. It's not so bad though. I'm not sure if the Charlie Horse has anything to do with that...

Any suggestions? scratchead
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PostSubject: Re: Charlie Horse!   Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:23 pm

Your body is low in Potassium.....Eat a banana before getting on the treadmill......start taking potassium with your regular vitamins.....I ride a bike....LOTS of riding and leg cramps were the worst, especially at night.....get on a regimen of eating a banana before and after exercising..... yes



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PostSubject: Re: Charlie Horse!   Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:32 pm

Thanks Rhonda! I've actually had a problem with low Potassium before. Several years ago I actually had to be taken to the ER because of that! It was embarrassing because it happened at work, and they had to call an ambulance. It all started because I went on that "cookie diet." I thought it was harmless at the time, because a "doctor" approved it. That taught me such a lesson (and the worst part was, I wasn't even THAT overweight to begin with). I only needed to lose about 10 pounds.

I didn't realize that I was still having this problem...I will try the banana right before the treadmill when I get home. Thank you! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Charlie Horse!   Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:37 pm

My Aunt went to the hospital with low potassium, so apparently, everyone can have problems with it and some, have it worse than others....mine began when I went through chemo....it depleated my body of everything good.....so I started eating bananas before working out....had to start taking potassium when I started riding so much.....as you know, having Charlie wake you up in the middle of the night from a deep sleep, is no fun....good luck! Yikes



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PostSubject: Re: Charlie Horse!   Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:47 pm

Thank you!
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PostSubject: Re: Charlie Horse!   Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:17 pm

Hey, no more Charlie! LOL I had a banana before doing the treamill, and it didn't hurt. No pain last night either. I also had a banana this morning, and so far, I'm fine! Thanks again, Rhonda! dancegirl
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PostSubject: Re: Charlie Horse!   Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:51 pm

YAY!!!! You are most welcome! Glad it helped..... Thumbsup



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PostSubject: Re: Charlie Horse!   Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:47 pm

Also, make sure you stretch our muscles before working out or walking. I have gotten into the habit of actually shaking my calf muscles out before I climb into bed. On a whim I started it in HS and I immediately noticed how good it felt.
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PostSubject: Re: Charlie Horse!   Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:05 pm

I do get them occasionally at night. If you ever do get them, pull your toes up towards your leg. It gets rid of them right away for me at least.
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PostSubject: Re: Charlie Horse!   Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:35 pm

Thank you, Deem & Debbie! I will definitely try each one of your advice. Smile
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