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I've been using Vuse vape pen...foot tingling sending tingles up leg into hip causing charley horse is this being cause by nicotine use?

I've been using Vuse vape pen...foot tingling sending tingles up leg into hip causing charley horse is this being cause by nicotine use?

Possibly: Could be result of nicotine but sounds like some type of neurologic issue, perhaps trauma to nerve, dehydration or radiculopathy. First step is to cut back or stop vape use ...Read more

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Charley Horse (Definition)

A Charley horse is another name for a muscle spasm. These extremely painful contractions can occur in just about in muscle, though most commonly ...Read more


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How do I treat severe charlie horse pain in both legs and a foot?

How do I treat severe charlie horse pain in both legs and a foot?

See a doctor: You need to be examined to make sure that your have proper blood flow and potassium levels.

You might want to try stretching, heat to your legs, multivitamin. ...Read more

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Why do I get charlie horse in my legs and feet when on hctz (hydrochlorothiazide)?

Why do I get charlie horse in my legs and feet when on hctz (hydrochlorothiazide)?

Possible : Potassium deficiency. Often times a doc gives a patient potassium supplements. Speak to your doc as fluctuations in potassium can have an effect on cardiac function. ...Read more

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Consistent almost charlie horse pain general left leg vein pain and tenderness when laying down. 3 days, additional left foot bruise feeling walking.

Consistent almost charlie horse pain general left leg vein pain and tenderness when laying down. 3 days, additional left foot bruise feeling walking.

Could be a blood clo: This needs immediate evaluation. This coud be a blood clot. Please contact your physician now. It may be a different cause but you need to get evaluated. ...Read more

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Does restless leg syndrome cause a charlie horse in calf?

Does restless leg syndrome cause a charlie horse in calf?

No: Cramping or charlie horses in the calf are generally not part of restless leg syndrome. I would recommend that you see your doctor for further workup and treatment of what could be causing the cramping especially electrolyte disturbances. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of a charlie horse in your legs, what causes these I have had them for two nites now. Been trying to walk them out.

Stretching: Cramps at night are not uncommon. You should consider stretching your muscle groups prior to bed time. In addition, you should make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Low potassium may also be an issue. Try eating a banana once a day to increase your potassium level. ...Read more

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What causes a charley horse? I got one in each leg this morning and can barely walk now! Muscles are very sore.

What causes a charley horse? I got one in each leg this morning and can barely walk now! Muscles are very sore.

Many causes: If nothing changed in daily life- no new work outs, not pregnant- then often it is mineral shortage. Get some calcium, potassium in a system. Get multivitamins, eat a banana, drink milk, cheese. ...Read more

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Would low potassium cause more than just a cramp/charlie horse in one leg? On nexoum for 8 days and on lisinopril 10mg n hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) 12.5. Should I worry?

Would low potassium cause more than just a cramp/charlie horse in one leg? On nexoum for 8 days and on lisinopril 10mg n hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) 12.5. Should I worry?

get potassium measur: Low potassium doesn't cause muscle cramps — it can cause tetany and, in extremely low levels, it can cause muscle weakness (called "periodic paralysis"). I suggest you have your potassium measured and then supplement it if it's low. Low potassium is a common cause of cardiac arrhythmias. ...Read more

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What would cause a charlie horse in your foot?

muscle spasm: This is most commonly due to a muscle spasm which is most commonly unrelated to other causes and occurs sporadically but may be associated with recent muscle activity or electrolyte imbalances or conditions affecting the nervous system. ...Read more

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Pregnant and waking up with charlie horse cramps that lock my foot in a painful pointed position. What causes this and how can I stop it?

Pregnant and waking up with charlie horse cramps that lock my foot in a painful pointed position. What causes this and how can I stop it?

Dehydration: Most commonly pesky charlie horses occur during sleeping hours and frequently wake people from sleep. Drink plenty of water and keep a glass at the bedside for just such an occasion. Some people also swear by supplementing their calcium and magnesium which are very important in the chemical precess involved with muscle spasms. ...Read more

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What is the cause of charley horse on the foot when people swim?

Exertion, 'lytes: Charley horse is another term for muscle cramp. It has many possible causes, and can often be caused by intense or prolonged muscle activity, as could occur during swimming. Charley horses are more likely to occur when a person is dehydrated or deficient in certain electrolytes such as potassium, calcium, or magnesium. ...Read more

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I'm not dehydrated I'm always drinking water but what else can cause charlie horse sever my foot goes one way and my big toe goes oppsiet what happing?

I'm not dehydrated I'm always drinking water but what else can cause charlie horse sever my foot goes one way and my big toe goes oppsiet what happing?

Charley horse: It deals a lot with the environment in which you workout in and the level of activity.
For instance if you are doing an extreme work out in extreme heat. This will lead to an increasei
in Lactic Acid in the muscle and cramping.
There is also the possibility of muscle fatigueleadig to a contraction of the tendon. Feels like a charley horse but it isn't. This could be solved. With orthotics. ...Read more

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What causes a continual charlie horse in the calf?

What causes a continual charlie horse in the calf?

Difficult to say: If you have had a long-standing problem w/calf pain or 'charley-horses' I would see your physician for evaluation. In the differential DX would be a chronic gastoc. Strain, a 'leaking' bakers' cyst and even a dvt(blood clot). Best bet is to come in and see your orthopedic surgeon for evvaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm pregnant. At night, I'm awakened by painful Charlie horse on my calf after yawning. It's very painful. Causes? Treatment?

I'm pregnant. At night, I'm awakened by painful Charlie horse on my calf after yawning. It's very painful. Causes? Treatment?

Rule out DVT: I'm glad you mention that because you need to go in and have it checked out. You may have a muscle strain but the most important thing to rule out is deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. DVT is a very dangerous condition if not diagnosed and treated promptly. The diagnosis is confirmed by using a doppler machine to look at the veins in your calf. I recommend you do this right away please. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a Charlie horse in my sleep that wakes me up with a lot of pain in my ankle and I feel like it is paralyzed. I can't even move it?

Unknown cause: Charlie horse leg pain is common and the cause is unknown. If you have these frequently you can lower the incidence by using quinine infused seltzer water in the late evening. ...Read more

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Heard a loud pop and then felt immediate, sharp stabbing pain in my calf. What could cause this? I also had a charlie horse in same calf yesterday

Heard a loud pop and then felt immediate, sharp stabbing pain in my calf. What could cause this? I also had a charlie horse in same calf yesterday

Muscle tear: It may be a calf muscle tear. This painful injury typically occurs during activities that require sudden changes in direction like tennis. A pop may be heard, and there will be some swelling and bruising. Please have this properly evaluated. ...Read more