Don't worry it's happening to me too and unless you are one of the lucky few, and I mean FEW, it's going to get worse as we get older. No, I'm not talking menstrual cramps good Lord, you should almost be done with those by now. I am talking leg cramps and foot cramps. I'm talking you look at your foot and the cramp is so incredibly bad it doesn't even look like your foot when you are looking down. It's almost in a deformed state the cramp is quite frankly... excruciating! So much so that your toes are curling up. You can't even straighten your foot or your toes. Same as the leg cramp. We all use to get them especially if you were involved in any type of sport, when younger those things were called Charley Horses. Well you are dreaming for one of those now because a Charley Horse is nothing compared to the vicious pain that has knotted your 40 something plus muscles into a vice grip from hell. Leg cramps become more common the older you get. You will begin to notice the closer you get to your 50's, by the age of 60 many individuals can expect to get them once a week. By the age of 80 over half of us will have leg cramps as much as three times a week. Regardless of the age these cramps will spasm in your feet, to your calf, thigh and leg. Leg cramps need to be addressed as you get older. The range of pain as well as the length of time the cramp lasts can all vary.
I don't think there is a good location or time of day to get one, because I of course have had them at all the worst times. The scariest and where I get them the most is driving. Not sure if it's because I'm short and I no longer have my Denali where the foot pedals moved up with the touch of a button. Unfortunately now in my convertible VW without moving foot pedals. I have to stretch to reach the pedals dammit. But I can be on the highway and BAM my foot starts contorting and the pain is so unbearable I have to pull off the side of the road. I literally am driving and the car is jerking as I am trying to stop with my left foot because yes that cramp is for some reason always in my right foot. Oh Philly Fusz how I miss my Denali foot pedals! The night cramps aren't much better. I need my sleep too and I absolutely hate when I am sleeping like a baby and I get that wrenching pain where my eyes fly open, I stare at the ceiling and then I jump out of bed trying to walk it off as my calf is balled up, as if I were wearing 5 inch heels. With 50 knocking at my door these cramps are already taking their toll. I can't seem to find any quick relief or figure out how to get rid of them. What in the hell are causing these cramps as we age? It's a fact as we age nerves control muscles and nerves wear out and the muscle deteriorates. It's just happening folks.
So, a couple of things... Leaping out of bed as we age is ahhh... not good. As I said with our feet and toes twisting into these unimaginable forms as the cramps get more extreme we can actually break something now like a toe or an ankle. We will have to be patient and figure out ways to relieve the cramps, as well as to try to prevent them from coming so frequently. Losing that good night's sleep with cramps coming more frequently can also be harmful to our health... there are a lot of things to consider here. Stretching and flexing our muscles is going to be key as we age probably even more than vigorous exercise. We do not want to eventually be stuck in bed without flexibility and mobility and lie there in excruciating pain. Dear God keep moving as you age, you must keep moving. But you also must get it checked if it gets too painful because there may be more too it. Call that neurologist and get it checked out. Remember as in ALL things as we age sooner is better than later. There are treatments, exercises, therapy, vitamins like calcium and iron but you won't know what you need unless you go get it examined. I'm almost at that place. If you see me pulled over on the side of the road cursing and pushing away from the steering wheel with both arms extended as I am slamming the floor board. Don't panic I just have another cramp in my foot!
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
Matuschka's Midlife... Telling it like it is...
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