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Poem: "No One to Greet the Season"
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lb_lee From: lb_lee Date: December 3rd, 2013 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Ugh, I've had muscle spasms before--it was more in my shoulder, rather than my back, but oh man, were they unpleasant. Hurt like a beast, seemed to come out of nowhere, and I never did find a way to break them in less than a few days. Igor has my sympathies.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 3rd, 2013 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

>> Ugh, I've had muscle spasms before--it was more in my shoulder, rather than my back, but oh man, were they unpleasant. <<

Yeah, it really sucks.

>> Hurt like a beast, seemed to come out of nowhere, and I never did find a way to break them in less than a few days. <<

There seem to be different kinds of cramps. The ones that come on fast usually go away soon. Some others come on slower but can last a long time. Acute cramps that last for days are unusual though.

>> Igor has my sympathies. <<

He needs it, poor guy, though he's stubborn about it because of past experiences. It will take him time to learn that his current situation allows him to take better care of himself -- or let Victor take care of him.
lb_lee From: lb_lee Date: December 3rd, 2013 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Yeah, they've only happened to me a couple of times, but they were definitely fast, hard, and long-lasting. The best of all worlds! A good masseuse could probably break them, but I didn't have access to one at the time.

I'm really enjoying this series; I look forward to seeing more of it as time goes on, and might request some more at later Fishbowls, alongside Damask and Clay of Life.

--Rogan
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 3rd, 2013 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

>> Yeah, they've only happened to me a couple of times, but they were definitely fast, hard, and long-lasting. The best of all worlds! <<

0_o That sucks bowling ball through garden hose.

>> A good masseuse could probably break them, but I didn't have access to one at the time. <<

At least cramps tend to have a smallish set of causes and solutions. Massage usually helps. Either heat or cold can, but it's tricky to figure out which to use when. haikujaguar once posted a cute cartoon about how ice is for numbing sudden agonizing spasms, while heat will help relax achy cramps. And some cramps are caused or worsened by dietary issues.

>> I'm really enjoying this series; I look forward to seeing more of it as time goes on, and might request some more at later Fishbowls, alongside Damask and Clay of Life. <<

Yay! I'm happy to hear that. Next fishbowl is tomorrow with a theme of "angels and deities." You gotta figure these guys have an interesting relationship with God, beautiful angels, and the grotesques/gargoyles that people used to put on churches. That whole beauty = goodness schtick is bullshit.
mdlbear From: mdlbear Date: December 23rd, 2013 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I mostly get my spasms in my back, but occasionally in my calf muscles. Walking helps, when it doesn't hurt too much. Torn muscles are worse; they can keep hurting for weeks.

Igor definitely has my sympathy, as do you.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 23rd, 2013 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

As mentioned in some of the supporting resources, a key problem with cold weather is that it reduces blood flow to the muscles. That not only causes painful cramping, it makes muscles stiffer and more susceptible to injury from slipping or just lifting things.
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