Case history of a Montrealer with a Charley horse continued
Matt, her fiance couldn’t really help her, he is disabled as well. If she put her body pressure on him for support, both of them would have fallen flat on the pavement.
Somehow, she managed to cross the busy street and wait for the bus. Matt had to go in a different direction. She made it home and the pain only ended in the middle of the ride on the last bus.
This will be a birthday that this Montreal health examiner will never forgot.
Here is a little bit of medical info on leg cramps
What is a Charlie Horse?
We usually call a sharp sudden muscle cramp in the leg a charley horse. We get these leg cramps when the muscles forcibly contracts. These cramps are most common where muscles cross two joints such as at the calf, where it crosses the ankle and knee, where the quadriceps crosses the hip and knee, and where the hamstring crosses the hip and knee.
Duration of leg cramp
According to Jonathan Cluett, M.D. these cramps last for less than a minute or up to a few minutes while the muscle contracts.
It is not for certain why it took close to an hour before the Charley horse went away and this examiner’s leg returned to normal. He goes on to say that with some people the pains are only at night and will wake the person from sleep. Well with my fibromyalgia I get my pains all the time and yes they do prevent me from staying asleep a lot.
To be continued