NO, NO, NO!! OMG, OMG!! – PLEASE STOP!! This is how I woke up at 3am one morning with excruciating pain in my left leg and ankle with a Charlie horse and almost locked ankle. No matter what I did or which way I moved my foot, the pain was so intense and all I could do was wait for it to pass.
Let’s back track a bit. That week I had been on the go not doing much exercising due to how busy my schedule was. Then the day before I was moving stuff, up and down stairs several times not even thinking about my Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was a ball of energy on the go, go, go.
After a long day and night of activities, I was so glad the day was over and I could finally rest for the night. I was so exhausted and happy to finally snuggle with a warm blanket and hug my soft fluffy pillow. Boy did it feel good. I was so tired there was not a thought on my mind and I just dose off into a solid, sound dreamland.
Then at 3:00am, BAM! I woke screaming in pain holding my leg. My husband wakes up startled wondering what the heck was going on. Even though he wanted to help me, there was nothing he could do.
See in the past I would have the same thing happen on and off. I would get Charlie horses and at times my ankles would want to lock up if I moved it in a certain way. If you’ve ever had it happen to you, you know what I’m talking about. It’s painful.
I never knew how to stop this from happening. At that time, I was dealing with my Lupus and Rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups. I wasn’t exercising at all trying to recover from my illness and a dislocated shoulder.
Once I was able to get on my feet, I started doing simple stretches because of how stiff my body was from not doing any type of exercises. I did the yoga movement called the downward dog everyday, which included stretching of my calves.
Then one day it dawned on me that my locked ankles and Charlie horses had subsided. I wasn’t getting them as often, but I continued doing more calve stretches every single day and soon it stopped completely.
Well, until this last episode. I got so caught up with lots of running around without even thinking about stretching my calves, especially after climbing several stairs that same day.
Now back to the night I woke up in excruciating pain. I can tell you it ended being such a long night for me. As soon as I was able to walk on my leg, the first thing I did was get up, find a ledge and stretch my calves. Yes, my husband thought I was crazy doing this at 3:00am in the morning, but it felt good. Every time I would lay back down and start dosing off, my body would start relaxing, then again, my ankles would start to lock up causing me to wake up quickly. Once again, I would get up and stretch my calves. I did this at least 3 times, stretching it a little longer. On the last try, I wrapped my ankle with an ankle brace, elevated my feet on a pillow, had my husband massage it a bit and finally I was able to fall asleep.
I doubt, I will ever skip another calf stretch again.
If you are dealing with any type of joint pain, just remember to stretch your whole body on a daily basis. Even as we age our bodies stiffen up and it’s so important to exercise and stretch daily. It really makes a big difference in the mobility of your body.
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