In the middle of night, I woke up shouting, there was a terrible pain (cramps) at the back of my lower lower leg… SAKIT … Sobra nataranta si Gerry.
Tapos kanina umaga, di ko na mag-angat yung left leg ko. It was a terrible pain…. So I decided to visit my doctor… Wala palang OPD Doctors sa umaga… Wala kami choice kundi mag-pa consult sa Emergency Room Doctor…
It was awful conversation. Aside sa pananakot, he just recommend me to put salompas at a dose of pain reliever…. Kakainis… So I research some information about cramps…
Left cramps >> Key points for people with leg cramps
- People who get leg cramps feel a sudden pain in their leg, often at night.
- Leg cramps occur when a muscle or group of muscles suddenly tightens.
- Most cramps happen in calf muscles, but you can also get cramps in your thigh or in your foot.
- Being middle-aged or older, exercising, an imbalance of minerals (electrolytes), problems with blood circulation, or being pregnant may all lead to leg cramps.
- Leg cramps may be a side effect of certain medications.
Some advise on how to treat night time legs cramps:
1. Prevention. Applying a heat pad to your muscles for 10 to 15 minutes before sleep can be of assistance. When cramps occur during sleep, it’s usually because of an amplification of a muscle reflex that happens normally. As you roll over in your sleep, your calf muscles contract and along with them, the tendons stretch. Nerve stretch receptors in the tendon come alive and relay a message to the spinal cord instructing the calf muscles to contract, or spasm. You may not be aware of this at times, but at other times, the muscles will not relax and they will cause pain. Stretching your calf muscles before bedtime can help to exhaust the stretch reflex.
2. Calf stretching exercise
- Stand about 3 feet from a wall, facing it.
- Step forward with your left foot.
- Put your hands on the wall at chest level. Bend your elbows slightly and have shoulders, hips and feet aimed towards the wall.
- Bend your left knee gently and feel the stretch in your right calf muscle as you do so. Keep both heels on the ground at all times.
- Hold the stretch for at least 15 seconds.
- Repeat with the other side.
3. Treatment. The best treatment for night time leg cramps as they occur is to try and stretch the muscle, walk around or massage the area firmly to aid circulation. A heat pack may be helpful but usually, the pain is so pronounced that a heat pack may seem to be too passive an idea to be successful.
Potassium and calcium supplements or adding foods to the diet that are rich in these elements have been shown to reduce the incidence of night time leg cramps. Maintaining your hydration levels is important, especially if you’ve been exercising vigorously. When you sweat, you lose salts from your body and a sports drink can help to replace the electrolytes lost. Diuretic chemicals can also contribute to a loss of important elements.