While some people unfortunately get them more often and more severely than others, most of us at some point have suffered the indescribable pain of a muscle cramp.
But if you’ve ever wondered what a cramping muscle actually looks like under the skin, wonder no more, because Facebook user Angel Bermudez has been kind enough to upload a video of what looks like the most agonising cramp in his calf muscle.
The video, taken after a workout in the gym, shows Bermudez’s leg propped up on the dashboard of his car, while the muscle in his calf twists and cramps as though it has a mind of its own.
If it’s possible to feel physical pain from just watching a video, this one will probably do it! Just a caution before you watch, there’s a bit of language involved – but we think he probably had every right to drop some swear words in this moment!
Muscle cramps are strong, painful contractions or tightenings of the muscles, often in the legs, and can happen often following exercise and while you’re sleeping. They have various causes, but sometimes dehydration, potassium deficiency, and certain medications can play a part in causing them.
You can relieve them by stretching and massaging the muscle, using a heat pack or taking a warm bath or shower, or over-the-counter pain killers.