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Old 02-08-2008, 01:52 AM
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muscle cramps/PMS soreness

I have always had tight hamstrings. So usually I make it a priority to stretch them every night. Well in the past few days I've been laid up in bed with a bug, and now I have THE WORST hamstring cramps that I have ever felt in my entire life. It is excruciating...I tried ice but it was giving me chills, I don't have a heating pad, I don't have any medicine or booze in the apartment, and it's 4 in the goddamn morning! I was practically sobbing in pain before! I've been trying to drink a ton of water figuring dehydration was part of my problem, but I have never felt anything like this before...these have to be the worst muscle spasms in my whole life...and I'm a runner, skateboarder, and snowboarder, so I'm no stranger to pain! What the hell happened and how in God's name can I get some freakin sleep? I'm literally lying here gritting my teeth and trying to stretch my legs, but I can't believe how much it hurts!

As if this isn't enough, PMS decided to kick in early and make my boobs hurt and feel all swollen and icky...my cat jumped up on my chest before and I almost screamed...I have basically decided that God hates me right now. I just want to f*cking sleep!

Sorry to vent, but Googling symptoms is not helping me and I am in so much pain that I can't fall asleep. First thing tomorrow morning, I am going out and getting a huge bottle of ibuprofen and an equally huge bottle of Captain Morgan, but for now, what to do??
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Old 02-08-2008, 01:56 AM
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Well I would keep trying to stretch them. That's really the only short term thing you can do right now. Water should help, too. maybe an orange or a banana?
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Old 02-08-2008, 01:58 AM
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Yeah I've been trying to stretch. Holy shit it hurts so bad I had to bite on a towel to keep from screaming and waking up the neighbors.
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Old 02-08-2008, 02:00 AM
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I definitely feel your pain! I played rugby in college and a full 80 min game with tons of drinking afterwards was not good for preventing muscle cramps...during the regular season we kind of didn't do that as much, but for exhibitions it didn't matter.

aanyways, i would try to ice it even if it gives you chills. it should help bring down the pain (ie numbness) which should hopefully help you stretch more.
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Old 02-08-2008, 02:03 AM
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Also elevating your legs might help, if you could compress them with towels or something that could also help (the RICE method - Rest Ice Compress Elevate).

Also, it seems like you have a lot of pain! Are you sure it's not something worse? like a pull or tear? Although you've been in bed...so probably not
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Old 02-08-2008, 02:08 AM
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Yeah I'm one of those people where I think it hurts more when I DON'T move. This is what I get for not going to yoga for a whole month...
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Well I guess if you think of your muscles as like rubber bands (not a good metaphor) they get unstretchy when they sit for a long time. [wow that was such an awesome sentence]. So they become tighter when they're not used. So if you haven't stretched for awhile or been in bed sick it's definitel difficult. Especially if they're used to stretching every night and yoga a bunch.
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Old 02-08-2008, 02:17 AM
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oh I just found this.

"Hi,

By far the fastest and easiest way to get rid of a cramp is via reciprocal inhibition.

In muscular movements, when you actively contract a muscle its antagonist (opposite) muscle/s is/are forced to relax- even if its cramping.

If its your hamstrings that are cramping, lie flat on the ground face down and push your knee and thigh into the ground and hold it for about 10 seconds- this will reciprocally inhibit the hamstrings and force them to relax.

If its your calves, sit on a chair and pull your toes up toward the ceiling against the Resistance of your hands for 10 seconds- this will reciprocally inhibit the calves.

Best of luck

Kev

B App Sc, Mst Ost Med."

However I don't think this'll work considering your other situation...
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Old 02-08-2008, 11:52 AM
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I've heard that leg cramps can be caused by a potassium deficiency- eat bananas!!
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Old 02-08-2008, 07:22 PM
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I've heard that leg cramps can be caused by a potassium deficiency- eat bananas!!
I was just going to suggest that!

Oh gosh, during track BOTH calves cramped during my run and I fell down. Worst feeling ever!! First time I have ever screamed because of pain
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I have been hanging out all day chugging water, eating bananas, and tightening my quads. Then I went for a walk and I think that helped. The situation has improved about 80%. Then I went to Whole Foods and got some homeopathic PMS remedy stuff and some "Woman's Moon Cycle" (ahaha they make it sound like I'm gonna turn into a werewolf!) tea and drank it up. So, I've made some progress. It's really weird though. It seems like it's not necessarily my hamstrings that are tight in general, but more my lower back, because I'm more flexible when bending down to touch my toes, than when sitting down, reaching to touch my toes. So how does one fix that?
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glad you're feeling better!

don't combine the ibuprofen with the cap'n though...that'll f*** up your stomach beyond belief. of course, the cap'n and I no longer get along after a certain incident during welcome week...
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Haha yeah I know, I think I had some similar incidents during the Savannah Film Festival a few years back...
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