626. Cramps With Amps


626. It was 7:30 a.m. He bolted awake. His leg had "locked up" right down to his toes. His foot pointed downward, as if he were dancing in a ballet. The pain, which he felt mostly in his cramped calf and foot, was agonizing. His face contorted. In the past, sometimes he could stand on his pointed foot. His body weight would force the foot back to its natural position. In the past, sometimes drinking salt water relieved the cramping. Now, nothing worked, except time. He waited. After 15 seconds, the muscles in his leg and foot relaxed. The pain went away. He breathed a sigh of relief. The "attacks" had gotten more frequent over the past year and were lasting longer. They mostly occurred early in the morning. His wife was looking at him. He said, half‐joking, "In another year or so, I guess I won't need an alarm clock." 3.7

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