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How many times have you been working, sleeping, walking, running or just having fun when all the sudden you experience a Charley horse or (painful muscle spasms or cramps in the leg? ) I have been experiencing a few Charley horses lately.  In the past I have not had very many to complain about but after having a few recently I decided to share a home remedy that my sister told me about several years ago.  My husband has always experienced Charley horses over the years,  so it was a great relief to him when I told him about this remedy.  Before I share our families little secret let me tell you what I have learned about them.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or nurse, this instructable is not intended to give you medical advice.  If you have a medical problem please seek a doctor or go to the hospital.  

A few common reasons for Charley horses are dehydration,  magnesium and/or potassium deficiency, over exertion by exercising, and some medications.  I remember when I was pregnant I used to get them and it was because I was low in calcium.  Unfortunately I did not know it at the time.  When we are experiencing a Charley horse we drink more water, less caffeinated drinks, and take some magnesium or potassium.  Well, I take the supplements hubby does not like to take pills. 

The secret is simple.  We take  1 or 2 Tablespoons of vinegar everyday or eat a pickle.  If we are  having a Charley horse we take 1 or 2 Tablespoons at the time it is happening or eat a pickle.  I do not know why it works but people get relief very soon after taking it or within 20 minutes.  I just recently learned that natural vinegar with the mother it;  is loaded with vitamins and minerals which in my opinion are much cheaper than buying vitamins. I will be trying this type of vinegar and will give an update when I do.  

There are a lot of vitamins and minerals available over the counter that can't be digested very well because of the added ingredients.  They just pass through your system.  It is best to read the labels to see what has been added.  I buy mine from a health food store but still read the label.  It makes since to me a natural vinegar being a liquid form;  would digest easily allowing the body to receive the benefits.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you find this instructable beneficial.
Sunshiine



 
pjds781 year ago
Thank you so much for sharing. I go through phases with charley horses. I know I need to drink more water when I start having them, but Inever knew about a pickle.
sunshiine (author)  pjds781 year ago
Thanks for commenting! Please let me know if it works for you! Have a great day!
Sunshiine
Interesting instructable - I hadn't heard of this before. :)


Whole grain bread, almonds, and cashews are also great for magnesium, while orange juice, potatoes, bananas, and dates have good amounts of potassium.

A quick way for relieving a muscle cramp in the moment is a type of stretch called reciprocal inhibition. Athletes are often instructed to do this to release a painful muscle cramp. They contract the muscle that acts in the opposite direction as the cramping muscle, which lengthens the cramping one. This can be even more effective when another person gently assists the stretch, allowing a "hold-relax" stretch with opposing muscle contraction. This link has decent instructions: http://www.sport-fitness-advisor.com/pnfstretching.html and they're close to the techniques I was taught in the sports massage unit at massage school.
sunshiine (author)  supersoftdrink2 years ago
Oh thank you so much for sharing this valuable information. Have a great evening!
Sunshiine
rimar20002 years ago
Interesting work, Sylvia. I did not know of that Charley Horse pain. I have had cramps for a while due to be taking statins, especially rosuvastatin, for reduce cholesterol. I suppressed the drug directly, I prefer to have cholesterol and no cramps, which can be very, very painful.

I love vinegar, daily I take some mililiters with the salad or other foods.
sunshiine (author)  rimar20002 years ago
Leg cramps can hurt so bad. Last year when I fell I experienced severe pain and cramping in my shoulder. I did not think to try the vinegar. The shoulder took many many months to heal and I am so glad I don't have 50 cramps a day anymore. Just a slight wrong movement could set them off. My shoulder and arm are just weaker now but are getting stronger everyday. You might try the natural vinegar rimar. I agree medications can often be worse than the problem itself. Diet can change the problem also. Oatmeal is supposed to be good. I know there are more foods that help but I do not know which ones. Thanks so much for commenting and have a great day! Sunshiine
AndyGadget2 years ago
 
I'm sure I'm not the only one here who had never heard of a Charlie Horse.
(Looks like it's a specific U.S. thing #;¬)
sunshiine (author)  AndyGadget2 years ago
Thanks for commenting. I will Make some changes on my entry about that. It is a leg cramp.
scoochmaroo2 years ago
I had no idea. I still don't understand why vinegar works, but great tips. I love pickles! Maybe I should make some with vinegar with the mother!
sunshiine (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
I don't either because all the good healthy stuff is gone? Maybe it has something to do with changing the bodies PH level? Yes please do make some. How about some home made pickles! Oh mouth watering good! So different than store bought. Thanks for commenting and hope your day is filled with pleasant surprises! Sunshiine
canucksgirl2 years ago
Huh.... Never would have thought that! But I'll definitely give that a try.
I hate charley horses... :(

Thanks for sharing! :)
sunshiine (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
Thank you for commenting! It always works for us. I can't wait to try the vinegar from the health food store. My sister made some I should ask her how it turned out. I might make some myself. Sunshiine
If you mean the apple cider vinegar... that stuff is sometimes rather expensive... It would be nice to know how to make it... *hint hint, nudge nudge, wink wink* :)
sunshiine (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
Yes but the kind that has the mother in it. I will do some checking. I actually even tasted hers but it was not ready before I left to come home. I'll just bet she is still making it. The regular vinegar is stripped of all the minerals so why it works for Charley horses is a wonder .
That would be very useful
sunshiine (author)  Dusk Shadows2 years ago
Thanks! Hope your day is going great!
Sunshiine
what do you mean my day?
sunshiine (author)  Dusk Shadows2 years ago
Oh maybe your night? Afternoon?
but do you mean my birthday that was 6 days ago...but ahh thanks i think?
sunshiine (author)  Dusk Shadows2 years ago
Oops belated birthday! Hope it was special. Memorable and awesome!
I am off to drift away. Laterzzzzz
Sunshiine
well kinda if it wasn't my brothers 18 and it was all about him it would have been WAY better
sunshiine (author)  Dusk Shadows2 years ago
That will work! Happy birthday! How many candles did you have to blow out to get your wish?
well apparently my family 'forgot' to get all of them but it was supposed to be 14 now me and Lily are the same age