I think I might have found the pain that women feel during childbirth. Last night I had a charly horse in my right ribcage. The pain was crazy and I couldn’t breathe. It finally subsided and then it hit my left ribcage. Back and forth for a long time.
Ok, I know it couldn’t have been just as intense and didn’t last for 17 hours, but it sure felt like it! Have you ever had them? I’m sure people do, I just haven’t heard anyone talk about them. Crazy pain that just wouldn’t stop. I guess I need to drink more water. I think it helps with muscle cramps.
Sigourney Weaver – ‘Alien’
I’m not sure why cramps are often referred to as a ‘charly horse’. I don’t think I’ve ever even heard of a horse named Charly. If I had a horse, I would definitely call it Charly. That way I could always fake people out by crying out in pain and explain I have a charly horse. Ha! Great fun.
According to ‘Healthline’, many people experience charley horses during sleeping hours and are awakened because of them. Muscle spasms that cause charley horses while we sleep are common, but are not entirely understood. It’s thought that part of the reason they occur so frequently during sleep is the result of a person lying in an awkward position for a long period of time that can cause a muscle spasm.
Some say it refers to the pitcher ‘Charley Radbourne, nicknamed Old Hoss, who suffered cramps during a game in the 1880s; the condition was then named by putting together his first name and the second half of his nickname. I don’t know what the truth is, but if I have them again, I expect to get something out of it. Not a baby, but maybe some Miami Dolphins tickets?