So last night I had the most wicked charley horse I’ve had in a long time, on top of my left thigh, and I posted about it on Facebook and Twitter.
Several of my friends gave me their advice, including:
Jennifer of the blog The Literate Housewife Review:
So sorry! I can remember getting those as a child. My dad got up and made me walk it off. It hurt like heck, but was really the right thing to do.
Vasilly of the blog 1330v:
Put a fresh bar of soap under the charley horse!
Rene of the blog Not the Rockefellers:
quinine water, or eat a banana ( your potassium levels may be low)
So what did I do? I didn’t get up and walk. Instead, I sat down and watched MI-5: Vol 6 (we’re still watching it, if you’ve seen beyond that, don’t tell me anything or I will be forced to hunt you down and kill you) on Netflix with The Wife.
I put nothing on my leg and didn’t drink quinine water, because The Wife said it tasted like faca. To be honest, I didn’t know what quinine water was until my wife told me it was tonic water, but I know I didn’t like the sound of “faca,” whatever that is.
I also didn’t eat a banana because, to be honest, bananas give me stomach aches.
Kevin, one of the owners of From My Shelf Books in Wellsboro, where I live, offered this suggestion:
try pinching your upper lip
then added a few moments later:
Another friend, Tricia, recommended water and a banana.
And yet another, Joe, said this:
Strike unaffected limb with heavy hammer, will take your mind off charley horse.
But the best answer of all of them, I think was this one from Ted:
One word. Tequila.
He then added a few more words, though:
Not only will you forget you had a charley horse, you’ll forget you had legs.
I only wish I could have some tequila, but I have to work tomorrow at the library, so if I get another charley horse tonight, I’ll just have to soldier on, I guess…but tomorrow night, bring on the tequila.
Speaking of not feeling your leg reminds me of one of my favorite scenes from this silly movie (at 1:15):
What do you suggest for a charley horse? My wife also added “rubbing dirt” into my leg. Do you think that’s a good course of action? 😉