I am sure that almost all of you at one time or another has experienced this. Sort of goes hand in hand with spinal problems.
Its the big one, the Muscle Cramp
At the end of a long and exhausting day, you climb into bed hoping to get a good night sleep. For some, that might include watching TV, listening to music, whatever helps get you to sleep.
Ok, you've been in bed about 20 hours, it really seems that long. But looking at the clock, its only 10 minutes after you first
got into bed. Now, you are in a mission to keep track of the time. Hopefully , you will fall asleep shortly. But, the minutes go by, then its hours. All you are thinking is how can you manage the following day without getting any good sleep!
Finally, you start to doze off, you know it, you can feel those sheep as you count them. You slowly turn on your side to get more comfortable.......... BUT WAIT you feel it, its a muscle cramp in your calf! Its throbbing, its like someone is putting a knife into your leg. You try to reach down to rub it NO WAY, that sends you off the page. You start to whimper at first and then a louder cry. Your partner wakes up and asks you What is the matter? You cant even answer, you are catching your breathe.
If ONLY, you could slide out of bed, you try, BUT WOW, it hurts even more. You do finally get out of bed, stand still for a second... Not too bad! You were just lured into a sense of false pain relief. You figure as long as you are standing, you might as well go to the bathroom... You take a step!!!!!!! Fifteen different knives start to jab into your calf... You almost fall, but then more knives start to jab. In a panic you reach down to rub your calf. Finally, after about 20 minutes you have the courage to take a few steps. Not too bad. You can actually walk almost normal.
Cheerfully, you head into the kitchen, get a glass of cold water and feeling fine, you walk back into the bedroom. You climb into bed, breathing a sigh of relief. Peace at last! You then try to move the blankets a bit and WHAM! The cramp is back!
Just another fun night for all of us!
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences