Picture the scene. You’re in bed, just ready to settle down for a night’s sleep. You decide to stretch the legs out for a bit of exercise, when suddenly, the muscles in the calf tighten in a vice like grip.
There is no way back. The pain starts. Mild at first, and then as the muscles really tighten, a searing, excruciating pain that makes you want to scream very loudly. Except this is 11.30 pm, and any screaming and swear words have to be kept to a minimum.
The pain recedes, then the leg goes like concrete. Finally, you drop off to sleep. Later on in the night, you decide to go to the toilet. And this is the scenario I was faced with last night. A dead leg and a hobble to the toilet like Long John Silver. Not a pretty sight.
Hobble, hobble, limp, limp. Back to bed. I wake up at 8.30 am, and initially, the pain in the calf is still there. But gradually I walk it off, and though it hurts, it’s ok now. But a seemingly innocuous thing of your leg cramping up can cause a lot of discomfort, and it always happens at night, when resting, never during the day. Why is that? I think I answered my own question.
Hobbling my way off to Peer group now.