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Leg cramps or pulled muscle?(3 posts)

Leg cramps or pulled muscle?Americano Cyclepop
May 14, 2002 7:26 AM
Just curious but how long can a cramp last?
I had one once that took a week to fully release.shirt
May 14, 2002 8:29 PM
Take Potassium Gluconate, drink a lot of water and massage it every night. Don't work out.
re: Leg cramps or pulled muscle?Wayne
May 15, 2002 3:59 AM
A pulled muscle should hurt when you contract it, and basically be painless when not active. A cramp is usually a pretty acute experience brought on by abnormal excessive activity. Typically a cramp is extremely painful, and people instinctually contract the antagonist muscles which 1) lengthens the cramping muscle into a position where it can't produce much force (and is therefore less painful)
2) activates neuro pathways that inhibit the contraction of the cramping muscle.
So, how did this situation arise and in what muscle, would probably go a long way to determining whats wrong (it might not be a pulled muscle or a cramp, necessarily)?