Question Posted Thursday October 19 2006, 10:24 am
For some reason i somehow managed to pull a muscle or hurt something at least in my leg last night while sleeping and it hurts! Ive done it before, just not recently and im not sure how i do it. Right now my calf area still hurts even though i tried stretching it. Is there any way i can keep myself from pulling a muscle while sleeping? Is this even considered pulling a muscle or something else?
[ Answer this question ] Want to answer more questions in the Health & Fitness category? Maybe give some free advice about: Injuries? Nallie answered Monday October 30 2006, 9:00 pm: As the other's already mentioned you probably had a muscle spasm or "charlie horse" in your calf while you were sleeping. If this wakes you up you may even feel the spasm--the muscle will feel contracted. At that moment try stretching your toes toward you to help relax the muscle. Putting moist heat on your leg will help with the pain, and ask your Dr or pharmacist about OTC medications. Many people who get these type of spasms are lacking in vitamin D, calcium, magnesium and potassium. If you don't take vitamins try eating a banana and drinking milk every day. If you have tenderness, redness, swelling or the area feels warm to the touch please see a Dr right away as this could be a more serious condition that requires medical intervention. [ Nallie's advice column | Ask Nallie A Question ]
bitterxsweet answered Thursday October 19 2006, 4:39 pm: its a Charley Horse most likely. they can be reallyy painful. ive gotten them before and they wake me up from a dead sleep they hurt so bad - and im a really deep sleeper. usually thatll happen if youve been exercising or somethin where youve been usin your legs alot. really all you can do is just stretch, rub the muscle lightly but applying some pressure, or wrap it in a heating pad then massage it. otherwise itll go away it doesnt last long. [ bitterxsweet's advice column | Ask bitterxsweet A Question ]
Mackenzie answered Thursday October 19 2006, 12:58 pm: Chances are, it was merely a cramp in your calf. Next time you feel this sneaking up on you, angle your toes upwards and hold them tightly. It practically ends it immediately. =) [ Mackenzie's advice column | Ask Mackenzie A Question ]
sizzlinmandolin answered Thursday October 19 2006, 12:29 pm: I doubt you pulled a muscle. Pulling a muscle is realllly painful. You are probably just getting muscle cramps. Cramps are usually the result of not having enough water, or not having enough salt.
The next time you see your doctor bring this up, there may be something that can be done about it. It's not an emergency, so don't worry about it too much for now unless it starts happening very frequently. In the meantime, try drinking some more water and having more salt. It doesn't matter how much extra water you drink, but don't go eating a pound of salt. Some chips or crackers as a snack would be just fine.
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