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Cramps that won't let go

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

This column is going to be about "leg cramps, Charlie horse, or any kind of body cramp."

These cramps seem to be attracted to older people, better known as "senior citizens." Some younger people get them, but not very often.

I can remember when I was younger, I would occasionally get a leg cramp, but it wasn't any thing that I couldn't handle.

As we got older, Bob and I noticed that we got them more frequently and gave us a lot of trouble. We were told by several people to get a bottle of tonic water with quinine in it. For several years we very faithfully each took a juice glass of tonic water daily. Then the cramps seemed to abate and we thought what the heck, why take the tonic water? But surprise, surprise, after stopping the tonic water the cramps returned.

Well folks, they have returned with a vengeance, and then some. When I wake up in the morning I like to do a stretch in bed starting at my head and working down to my toes. This is always relaxing and a good way to start my day. The other day I began my stretch and let me tell you as I progressed, the cramps attacked me, and I had cramps running out my ears.

It was so excruciating that I screwed my face up into a terrible contortion and gritted my teeth to keep from yelling.

There was no stopping them. The cramps in my toes and foot made my foot stiffen up and just wouldn't let go. By the time I thought I had it worked out, it had attacked my legs, they too stiffened up and again I gritted my teeth and my face was so screwed up, I thought it might just stay that way. I can remember when I was a kid, and as kids were prone to do I liked to make faces. And my mama would say "Marilyn if you don't stop that your face is going to freeze that way. " Never mind it was the middle of the summer and 110 degrees in the shade, and you could fry an egg on the sidewalk. So I would stop 'til she was out of sight and start all over again. But every once in a while I would feel my face to see if by chance it had frozen that way.

Well those cramps come at any time of the day or night. I can just be putting on my shoes, and all of a sudden my heel is so stiff I can't even get it in my shoe. I would really like to let out a howl, but am sure the neighbors would think I had been shot.

I can be sitting in my easy chair watching TV and just move my foot a certain way, and again I am in the grip of those blasted cramps. Or maybe it will attack my hands, a thumb or finger will stiffen up and I want to howl again. The first time I get to the grocery store I am going to buy a supply of tonic water.

Marilyn Miller
The Old Grey Mare