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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Charley Horse (Overview)

Charley horse is a sudden painful spasm and cramping of a muscle.


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What causes charley horse in calf with steroid use? Could it be potassium deficiency

What causes charley horse in calf with steroid use? Could it be potassium deficiency

What kind of : Steroid use are we talking about? What are the steeds being used for? Potassium def is a possibility, as is magnesium deficiency aside hydration etc, if this is chronic or persistent you should be evaluated. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
242 doctors shared insights

Charley Horse (Overview)

Charley horse is a sudden painful spasm and cramping of a muscle.


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What do my frequent charley horses mean?

What do my frequent charley horses mean?

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. ...Read more

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What causes you to get a charley horse?

What causes you to get a charley horse?

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. 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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Can a "charley horse " cause a pulled muscle? What's the best treatment for "charley horses."

Can a "charley horse " cause a pulled muscle?  What's the best treatment for "charley horses."

Yes it could: But it is not very common. Relief is usually given by either massaging or stretching the foot, ankle or knee in the opposite direction of the spasm. Sport medicine advice suggests that dietary deficiency of potassium, found richly in bananas and many vegetables, is a common cause of these spasms. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a charley horse?

What is the treatment for a charley horse?

Hydrate.Electrolytes: Charley horse is another term for a cramp. This is something that often occurs due to prolonged or strenuous exertion, especially of one muscle repeatedly. Once a charley horse occurs, massage or stretching of the area may be helpful. It is important to stay well-hydrated and maintain normal electrolyte levels to prevent cramps. ...Read more

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How do I cure charley horse?

How do I cure charley horse?

First: Avoid dehydration. Second, often low serum potassium is an issue. Eat bananas. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of charley horse pain?

How can I get rid of charley horse pain?

Gin and tonic : If you are bothered by charlie horses, take a gin and tonic before going to bed. Alcohol dilates blood vessels and quinine water (tonic water) is one of the oldest cramp medicines known to man. ...Read more

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How can I prevent a charley horse? Every time i exercise, i get interrupted by a painful muscle spasm that lasts for about 15 minutes. What to do?

How can I prevent a charley horse? Every time i exercise, i get interrupted by a painful muscle spasm that lasts for about 15 minutes. What to do?

Muscle pain: Muscle pain and spasms after exercise can be quite severe. Keep in mind the kind of activity that is bringing it on, and seeing if there is something about your exercise regimen that needs adjusting. Hydration with water and perhaps electrolytes can help this condition, but look carefully and keep track of what kind of exercises are triggering the spasms and consult with your docotor. ...Read more

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Help! need to know if there's any way to avoid getting charley horses?

Hydrate: Calf 'cramping' or "charley horses" occur most commonly in people who exersise without keeping adequately hydrated. Almost any muscle group can be affected w/ prolonged exersise, esp.In hot, humid conditions. Electrolyte loss (na, k) w/ endurance events can precipitate cramping. Try to stretch and hydrate before you exercise and drink water and/ or carb/ electrolyte drinks during your workouts.Gl! ...Read more