If you have never had a charlie horse, then good for you. Charley horse is another name for a muscle spasm. Charley horses can occur in any muscle, but they’re most common in the legs. These spasms are marked by uncomfortable muscle contractions. They can be incredibly painful. A very sharp pain.
Charlie horses can be caused by:
- inadequate blood flow to the muscle
- muscle injuries
- exercising in excessive heat or cold
- overuse of a specific muscle during exercise
- stress, most often in the neck muscles
- not stretching before exercise
- nerve compression in the spine
- taking diuretics, which can lead to low potassium levels
- mineral depletion, or having too little calcium, potassium, and sodium in the blood
My skeleton has always been bad. I was born with deformed hip joints and did not walk until I was three. I eventually had both hip joints replaced at about age 50. I live in a cold climate and sometimes the charlie horses were frequent and hard.
I told my doctor and he prescribed a muscle relaxer. The charlie horses persisted so he prescribed a different muscle relaxer. This was better but did not completely stop the charlie horses.
About this time I had begun taking a few drops of cbd oil under my tongue everyday. I had heard of a lot of miraculous things associated with cbd and decided to try it. I wasn’t taking it for any particular reason other than overall health.
I had quit taking the muscle relaxer and it was actually several weeks before I read an article online about muscle spasms. The article stated that cbd oil helped relieve muscle spasms. That was when I realized how long it had been since I had a charlie horse. I had previously had them often and sometimes even several times in the same day.
Now, it has been months since I had a charlie horse. I will update this post if anything changes, but right now I am very happy.
I would recommend cbd oil to anyone that has muscle spasms.