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What causes feet and leg cramps or charlie horses?

What causes feet and leg cramps or charlie horses?

Muscle cramps: may be brought on by many conditions or activities. Here is a few: dehydration, medications side effects and medical conditions (arterial disease, kidney disease and multiple sclerosis). See your doctor for investigation, tests and treatment if needed. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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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Why do you get charlie horse cramps in leg after having back surgery?

Why do you get charlie horse cramps in leg after having back surgery?

Acid buildup: While under anesthesia, the legs are bent and there is a decrease in blood return from the legs. Waste products like Lactic Acid build up. There is a decrease in blood supply and oxygen levels are lower, compounding the problem. After surgery, the legs are straightened, and blood and lymph fluids begin moving. Muscle cramping occurs during this time, when the local pH is low. ...Read more

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What causes severe charley horses. I cannot stretch my legs because I get severe leg cramps.

What causes severe charley horses.  I cannot stretch my legs because I get severe leg cramps.

Lots of things: Here you go - and this is not a complete list : poor fitting shoes, sciatica, neuropathy (many causes), lower back arthritis, certain medicines, exercising, and many others. Your physician can properly diagnose you. ...Read more

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What causes muscles spasms & leg cramps?

What causes muscles spasms & leg cramps?

Irritated muscles: Venous disease, dehydration, low levels of potassium, calcium, magnesium, tired muscles from heavy exercise, or prolonged standing and working on legs. ...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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Squatted down holding 25 lbs felt cramp in calf now feels like charlie horse happen about 9 hrs ago only getting worse pain radiating up leg now ?

Squatted down holding 25 lbs felt cramp in calf now feels like charlie horse happen about 9 hrs ago only getting worse pain radiating up leg now ?

Most likely muscle: Pull or tear. However, one of the worrisome things about injuring your calf, when the pain keeps getting worse and worse, is that it could be compartment syndrome. If the calf feels very tight, pale, loose pulses in feet, then get to a doctor. Other possibility is that you herniated a disc and caused a radiculopathy or irritation a nerve from your back. Will also need to see a physician for this. ...Read more

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What can make your muscles cramp up, like a charley horse?

What can make your muscles cramp up, like a charley horse?

Many reasons: Poor blood circulation in the legs overexertion of the calf muscles while exercising insufficient stretching before exercise exercising in the heat muscle fatigue dehydration magnesium and/or potassium deficiency calcium deficiency in pregnant women pinched nerve side effect of some drugs lasix, statin medications donepezil Neostigmine Procardia (nifedipine) proventil and asthma medications. ...Read more

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Any advice on preventing leg cramps/charley horse?

Any advice on preventing leg cramps/charley horse?

Magnesium!: Leg cramps are usually due to a magnesium deficiency. I would suggest 400 mg of either magnesium aspartate, magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate, magnesium maleate or magnesium taurate to relieve this problem. Do not waste your time with other forms of magnesium. These are available over the counter. If you take too much magnesium, you will get diarrhea. ...Read more

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Extreme pain in thigh and mumbness. Charlie horse type feeling...What is it?

Extreme pain in thigh and mumbness. Charlie horse type feeling...What is it?

Nerve issue: This sounds like a nerve issue either affecting one of the local nerves to your thigh or affecting one of the nerves from your spine. See your doctor. ...Read more

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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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Having muscle spasms like Charlie horse, and ball like cramp on left foot. Extreme severe pain and reoccurring. She has a thyroid prob(overweight)?

Having muscle spasms like Charlie horse, and ball like cramp on left foot. Extreme severe pain and reoccurring. She has a thyroid prob(overweight)?

Muscle cramps: may be the result of low magnesium. Your doc can test you for this and other minerals and find out. A more extensive micronutritent test is available through Spectracell lab in TX. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have a charlie horse in my leg can't stand up?

I have a charlie horse in my leg can't stand up?

Could be: Dehydration or electrolyte imbalance increase sodium slightly and or potassium slightly on a regular basis should help. ...Read more

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Constipation cramps like menstrual cramps ?

Constipation cramps like menstrual cramps ?

Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. ...Read more

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What might I do to get relief from muscle spasms in my legs (charlie horses)?

Muscle spasms: There are not always easy solutions, but first be certain you are well hydrated and eat good sources for minerals. This can sometimes mean a problem with calcium but that should be assessed by labs. There are other labs that can be done. Also ok to try magnesium malate in a dose of 200 to 500 mg per day, watching for diarrhea (means too much). ...Read more

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I have a symptoms backpain,bloated stomach. Muscle cramps my back cramps?

I have a symptoms backpain,bloated stomach. Muscle cramps my back cramps?

Not enough info: You lost symptoms of many things from menses to mechanical pains. Re send your question with some history like how long have symptoms been present, anything like this before, all the time, what improves, worsens, did it follow some activity, and so forth ...Read more

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I have mild cramps like menstrual, lower back pain, fatigue, legs cramping, not pregnant, ?

I have mild cramps like menstrual, lower back pain, fatigue, legs cramping, not pregnant, ?

Lots of maybes: Urinary tract, ovarian cyst, other gyn issues, back pain, GI issues. If this persists best to see your pcp. ...Read more