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Is it possible to sprain your calf muscle after a charlie horse ?

Is it possible to sprain your calf muscle after a charlie horse ?

Yes: A "charlie horse" is essentially a cramp in the muscle. During and immediately following this the muscle fibers are tight and sore. When the muscles are tight they are felt to be more susceptable to injury. Taking time to really warm the muscle prior to exercise is felt to be helpful. If you are a runner simply a warm up walk/light jog will suffice. Compression socks- a new favorite of mine. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Acute calf muscle pain? Feels sore like after a Charley horse but did not actually experience a Charley horse. A college student & overweight. Advice?

Acute calf muscle pain? Feels sore like after a Charley horse but did not actually experience a Charley horse. A college student & overweight. Advice?

To the doctor, ASAP.: Severe calf pain, seemingly for no reason, can be the onset of a serious condition known as a deep vein thrombosis, or clot. Because of the potential consequences of leaving it untreated, you should move to have your leg evaluated quickly. There could be other reasons also, but without a better history of your condition, it would be best to have it evaluated, and right soon. ...Read more

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How can one prevent getting a charley horse in your calf muscles?

How can one prevent getting a charley horse in your calf muscles?

Stretching: A "charley horse" in my terminology would be a cramp in the muscle. It can caused by a muscle inbalance of leg muscles in front vs back of the leg, swelling of the muscle and then cutting off the blood supply to the muscle. Apply ice, never heat, to the area. Stretch the muscles. See a physical therapist. ...Read more

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Currently painful bilateral calf spasticity that began yest. Muscles stiff,feel verge of "charlie horse". Pain to touch,walk. No workout,no DVT symptm?

Currently painful bilateral calf spasticity that began yest. Muscles stiff,feel verge of "charlie horse". Pain to touch,walk. No workout,no DVT symptm?

Dehydration?: When there is a simultaneous bilateral problem, think what could be happening that would affect my whole system via my blood stream? Dehydration can cause bilateral calf spasticity, especially if you're low on electrolytes. Also, the onset of a virus is systemic and could cause this. If your pain is improving hour by hour just wait, if it's getting worse, seek medical help ASAP. Good luck! ...Read more

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Pain in right calf - severe charlie horse like feel, but no muscle tightness - not constant, lasts only 2-3 seconds - frequency 3-60 minutes - dvt?

Pain in right calf - severe charlie horse like feel, but no muscle tightness - not constant, lasts only 2-3 seconds - frequency 3-60 minutes - dvt?

Calf pain: Possibly but it doesn't sound typical for pain associated with a dvt. There is usually some swelling and/or redness as well with dvt. It sounds like nerve pain (sciatica) or muscle cramps. Probably a good idea to have your doctor check it out. ...Read more

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After a charley horse in calf: how long is it normal to experience tense or sore muscles afterwards?

After a charley horse in calf: how long is it normal to experience tense or sore muscles afterwards?

Muscle spasm: These can happen spontaneously, with quick movements, or during exercise. They are common - and happen to kids and adults alike, and pain can be for a few hours to a few days afterwards. For myself, i usually massage, use some heat, gentle stretching (like in the pic) and anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen if it's really bothersome. ...Read more

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Have been getting muscle pain in various locations of left leg, woke up this a.M. Due to charlie horse. Wondering if it could be from medications?

Have been getting muscle pain in various locations of left leg, woke up this a.M. Due to charlie horse. Wondering if it could be from medications?

Many possible causes: Medications, including methylphenidate, may contribute to muscle spasms. Other possibilities could include electrolyte imbalance, overuse, or tendinitis. Your doctor may be able to help clarify with some blood tests and a physical examination. ...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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Charley Horse (Definition)

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