I think if you get a charlie horse, you should be able to stop it just by yelling “Whoa”.
Charlie horses are the worst. There is absolutely no warning at all. They can and will strike at the worst possible moments. You’re sound asleep in your nice warm bed and wham! Charlie got you.
Many times he strikes again and again in a matter of minutes. You get back into bed, relieved that its over and BAM, he strikes again! According to Web MD, “A muscle cramp is a strong, painful contraction or tightening of a muscle that comes on suddenly and lasts from a few seconds to several minutes. It often occurs in the legs. A muscle cramp is also called a charley horse. Nighttime leg cramps are usually sudden spasms, or tightening, of muscles in the calf.”
OK, since whoa doesn’t work, what are the causes?
- Lack of hydration
- Problems with nutrition.
- Side effect of medication.
- Not stretching enough.
- Poor circulation.
- The wrong shoes.
The cures are pretty self explanatory based on the causes. I have all of the symptoms but never get them, mainly because I never suffer from overexurtion.
So why name cramps Charlie Horse? Apparently a 1907 Washington Post story, found by the American Dialect Society, stated that “charley horse” was used in reference to pitcher Charley “Old Hoss” Radbourne who often suffered with cramps during games in the 1880s. Sounds plausible to me.
So don’t play baseball either. Football players also get cramps frequently, so I would pass on that too. This is why I stay in the house. I’ve yet to experience a Charlie Horse while sitting in a recliner. My wife gets them, but she’s a runner. Another thing to pass on.
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