You know that feeling you get right before a charley horse hits? That feeling of inevitability that leaves you afraid to move lest something be the final trigger that results in you popping up in bed frantically rubbing rubbing rubbing, crying, moaning .... um .... all in a really BAD way ... in the hopes that the painful cramping taking place will subside? Yeeeah. I just had that feeling.
In my left glute aka butt muscle.
That's a first.
I was lucky. I managed to slowly stretch and loosen and avoid the actual charley horse but it left me wondering two things:
1. Who is this Charley and what the heck did he do to his poor horse??
Apparently, the phrase "charley horse" was first used in the 1880s among baseball players! Its true origin is disputed. Some say it began with an actual horse named Charley while others claim that it originally referred to an injured baseball player who limped like one of the elderly draft horses that used to be used to drag the infield. Modern Language Association (MLA):
"charley horse." The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Houghton Mifflin Company. 22 Jan. 2009.
2. Is it even possible to survive a full-fledged, butt-muscle charley horse?
May I never EVER know the answer.