Friday, January 16, 2009

Weird Question of the Day

Okay, I just have to know...

Have any of you out there in cyber land ever pulled a muscle in your mouth? I warned you it was a weird question.

I was eating some peanut butter off a spoon because right now (for SB diet Phase I) I can't have bread (and probably not peanut butter either but I didn't bother to check) and I was all out of eggs and it's too cold to go buy more, hence the peanut butter covered spoon. Anyhow, I was licking away when, in the underside of my tongue to the floor of my mouth, I got this terrible charlie horse feeling.

Never having had a cramp in my tongue, I tried to say "Owwwww!" but that hurt, so I settled for doing this little hopping dance while poking furiously at the offending muscle (or mouth part) and trying to relieve it of the pain by massaging it.

What a mess. Peanut butter all over my finger, the spoon summarily dropped on the coffee table, abandoned and smearing it's sticky contents around. Hopping in pain and trying to figure out just what had happened to my mouth, the only thing I can come up with is that I got a charlie horse while trying to lick the peanut butter off the spoon.

Now, I KNOW I'm out of shape, but come ON! My mouth muscles are the one set of muscles I give a strenuous workout daily. Whether eating or "flapping my jaws" as John so delicately puts it, my mouth is in constant motion.

The pain has subsided, sort of. It still feels "tender" for lack of a better word. Like the pain is right there, waiting to be felt again if I move something wrong.

The peanut butter spoon is now abandoned in the sink and I'm not saying, eating or drinking anything until this feels normal again. The only thing I'm doing is sticking my tongue out every once in a while to see if it still hurts that bad (I'm a glutton for pain, what can I say?)

Anyhow. I really don't know what that was, but it hurt like the Dickens. Probably like the Charles Dickens (or maybe his horse, get it? Charlie horse? booo hisss I'll be here all week, don't forget to tip your waitress)

Anyhow, post a comment if you ever pulled your tongue before. :-P Don't post a comment if all you've done is pulled your finger.


  1. I can honestly say that I have never pulled my tongue. And I work with it every day. Sounds both painful and interesting. Good luck!

  2. Could be due to a lack of dietary salts (sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium).
    Also dehydration can cause muscle cramps. Eat bananas and drink water!

  3. I have had this happen before. I was yawning very widely. It was very painful.

  4. Once, back in the day when I did a bit of prostitution on the side, I...WAIT! That's a lie. But once, when TELLING a lie, I DID have a similar experience...I also tend to pull muscles in my jaw, too. Which more than likely IS from over use. :-)

    Linda D. in Seattle


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