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what are causes of "charlie-horses"?

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Dr. Kenneth Tepper
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Many reasons: muscle fatigue, circulation problems, dehydration, potassium deficiency are a few reasons. See your physician.
Dr. Milroy Samuel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Hmmm: Tough question. Several theories. Lack of movement can sometimes contribute. It also maybe related to calcium and magnesium imbalances. Make sure you are taking supplements if you are prone to them.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is causing these charley horses?

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Dr. Willa Terry
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Muscle Cramps: Muscle cramping (charley horse) can be caused by muscle overuse/fatigue and usually responds to stretching and massage. Frequent muscle cramping may indicate imbalances in the levels of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium and phosphate) in the blood, or poor circulation.
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A 47-year-old female asked:

What are treatment and causes for a charlie horse in shins

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Dr. John Kayvanfar
Sports Medicine 46 years experience
Refer to answer: Treatment is rest, ice and stretch. Reduce your sport activity by 50 percent, and wait till your charlie horse goes away, then increase activity in a very graded fashion. Causes are sudden increase in activity, running, jogging, and marching.Main cause is sudden increase in size of muscle within a compartment that does not expand suddenly.
Dr. Bruce Prager
Sports Medicine 42 years experience
The pain you are describing usually comes about with increased activity. It is called exertional compartment syndrome and Dr. Kayvanfar is correct when he stated that the muscle increases in size, but the compartment does not adapt for the increase. There is a lining of the compartment called the fascia and it restricts the muscle thus causing the pain. Activity reduction followed by stretching
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A 46-year-old member asked:

What causes a charlie horse?

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Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 49 years experience
Muscle cramps: A buildup of Lactic Acid causes the muscle to cramp.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What causes inner thigb charley horse?

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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Probably groin muscl: It's probably the adductor muscle group. Drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement fluids. Stretch the affected muscle group.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what could be causing all of the charlie horses?

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 39 years experience
Spasms: This is weak question and cannot be answered without knowing more details.

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