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How to treat charlie horse in hand, specifically the thumb?

How to treat charlie horse in hand, specifically the thumb?

Hard to say: A detailed exam would probably be needed for a more specific diagnosis than "charlie horse" of the hand. Based upon the diagnosis, specific treatment options could then be discussed. Probably the two most common causes would be a vascular problem or a neurologic problem. Carpal tunnel syndrome, for example, is an impingement of the median nerve in the wrist and can be associated with cramping. ...Read more

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Charley Horse (Definition)

Charley horse is a sudden painful spasm and ...Read more


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Exercised biceps today. Later got Charlie horse in left arm.Bad pain subsided but arm still hurts, running through hand. Can this be heart related?

Exercised biceps today. Later got Charlie horse in left arm.Bad pain subsided but arm still hurts, running through hand. Can this be heart related?

Not likely: Given your history of working your biceps today, and you're 27, it's not likely that it's your heart. If you are very concerned, though, this is something that would have to be evaluated in person. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What is a Charlie horse?

What is a Charlie horse?

Hold your horses: Charlie horses are nothing more than muscle spasms. They can affect any muscle but generally involve the legs. These spasms can be caused by many different things. If they continue with any severity, I suggest you seek a professional to isolate the root cause. ...Read more

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What are treatment and causes for a charlie horse in shins ?

What are treatment and causes for a charlie horse in shins

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Refer to answer: Treatment is rest, ice and stretch. Reduce your sport activity by 50 percent, and wait till your charlie horse goes away, then increase activity in a very graded fashion. Causes are sudden increase in activity, running, jogging, and marching.Main cause is sudden increase in size of muscle within a compartment that does not expand suddenly. ...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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How do you get rid of a charlie horse in your leg?

How do you get rid of a charlie horse in your leg?

See below: A charley horse or cramp usually develops due to a buildup of certain waste products of metabolism, in this case lactic acid. Ways to deal with this is to stretch, the muscle, massage the muscle towards the heart to clear out the lactic acid. This also happens in people who get dehydrated so be sure to drink enough fluids. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a Charlie horse after a torn meniscus surgery?

Is it normal to have a Charlie horse after a torn meniscus surgery?

Post meniscus: Most patients experience some postop calf pain , spasm , cramping. Try gentle stretching or use of heat for 10 min. They typically resolve by the time u r walking normally , usually by 3-4 weeks after surgery ...Read more

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How do you stop getting "charlie horse" cramps when you are sleeping?

How do you stop getting "charlie horse" cramps when you are sleeping?

Sleep-related cramps: If you are getting them nightly then first and foremost you should speak to your pcp regarding checking your electrolytes as imbalances in your potassium, calcium, and/or magnesium levels can cause muscle cramps. If this is not the case then you could try taking a glass of tonic water (without gin or vodka preferably) at bedtime as the small amount of quinine in tonic water helps to prevent cramps. ...Read more

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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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What to do about charlie horse like pain in stomach immediately after ejaculation?

What to do about charlie horse like pain in stomach immediately after ejaculation?

Due to use during-: -sex. Massaging & stretching may help. Also some core strengthening may get the abdominal muscles in better condition. ...Read more