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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: Charlie horse is a non-specific lay term for muscle spasm and it can affect calf muscles. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002066.htm. ...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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Cramps in thighs and calfs when I dance after I eat. Like charlie horse. What does this mean?

Cramps in thighs and calfs when I dance after I eat. Like charlie horse. What does this mean?

Low calcium: This can be many things, but low calcium intake and/or low but D is most common in girls your age. If you are very active physically, it can be due to muscle fatigue, or sitting in a way that cuts off blood flow to your lower legs. Obesity when extreme can cause cramping, but almost always because of compressive issues. Start taking a calcium/ vitamin D chew daily, see your GP for a checkup ASAP ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to relieve the pain when I wake up with a Charlie horse in my calf? I don't know how to stop it from cramping.

Is there anything I can do to relieve the pain when I wake up with a Charlie horse in my calf?  I don't know how to stop it from cramping.

First make sure: It's not a clot in your leg. If it is not I would consider taking magnesium supplements before bedtime like magox400 mg. if you are on any statins I would either discontinue them (with discussion with your doctor) or supplement with coenzyme q10. ...Read more

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I had one saturday night in the middle of the night in my calf. It still hurts and i feel it twitching often. How can I get this charlie horse to go away?

Stretching: Try doing some good long stretches of the calf several times a day. Massage may help. Try eating a banana a day for a few days. There are prescription muscle relaxants which may help too. Good luck. ...Read more

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What point should I visit the doctor after charlie horse pain in the calf?

@ any point: Especially if long term problem. Also if U R working out & not replacing Ur H2O & electrolytes. @ Ur age i would do so now. More so if interfering with Ur quality of life. ...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 walked d.L. For 2 days and now have a consistant charlie horse in my r calf. Ate bananas took mus. Relxrs. What else can I do to stop this?

I walked d.L. For 2 days and now have a consistant charlie horse in my r calf.  Ate bananas took mus. Relxrs.  What else can I do to stop this?

Rest: If you have persistent muscle cramping 2 days after your exercise try moist heat and massage, possibly a lift in your shoe, and rest.If it continues see your physician .! ...Read more

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Is it possible to get what feels like a charlie horse in the sciatic nerve?Goes from my butt all the way to my calf&lasts about 5 minutes! ouch!.

Is it possible to get what feels like a charlie horse in the sciatic nerve?Goes from my butt all the way to my calf&lasts about 5 minutes! ouch!.

Muscle: A charley horse is a muscle usually which if sudden and cramping is present. While sciatica flairs it usually is constant with classic burning quality from the buttock down the back of leg to heel. The hamstring muscle will give you cramping. ...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

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

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Bf woke up w/ bad charlie horse pain in calf. His leg was really stiff & still won't relax completely. He has had 2 "attacks" this am. What to do?

Bf woke up w/  bad charlie horse pain in  calf. His  leg was really stiff & still won't relax completely. He has had 2 "attacks" this am. What to do?

Drink water: If it doesn't go away with hydration or there is swelling or injury to that legs he needs to be seen by a doctor today as this could be a sign of a serious condition called a dvt. ...Read more

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I was running when i got a charlie horse in my calf next day and continuing week every time i was running it would start to throb bad but calm at rest?

I was running when i got a charlie horse in my calf next day and continuing week every time i was running it would start to throb bad but calm at rest?

ER/UC: Although you might have torn your gastrocnemius muscle ( calf ), you must make sure that you did not inflame or rupture a vein, causing thrombophlebitis- please get examined and a venous and arterial ulteasound ( doppler) of your lower leg. ...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