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3 days ago had a charlie horse in my calf and ankle and still have mild pain not swallow.could it be a blood clot?

3 days ago had a charlie horse in my calf and ankle and still have mild pain not swallow.could it be a blood clot?

It could or it : Could be a Charlie horse. Since one can kill you, I would advise having it checked out. Always better safe than sorry. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Charley Horse (Definition)

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


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My mom had very bad cramps in her ankle during sleeping. Similar to a charlie horse. She woke up & her ankle was red &a little swollen. What is wrong?

My mom had very bad cramps in her ankle during sleeping. Similar to a charlie horse. She woke up & her ankle was red &a little swollen. What is wrong?

Be seen: If it is red and swollen, I sure would have her seen. Without history of injury, two most common causes are cellulitis, which is an infection of the soft tissue; or an inflammatory condition such as gout. Take her to be seen. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a charley horse in your ankles?

Is it possible to have a charley horse in your ankles?

Unlikely: Charley horse is a cramping in a muscle belly. There is no muscle belly by the ankle..... ...Read more

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Have charlie horse in my calf since morning, its night and wont go away, also sprained my ankle last month and have hip pain, diagnosis?

Have charlie horse in my calf since morning, its night and wont go away, also sprained my ankle last month and have hip pain, diagnosis?

Magnesium: Drink 1 tsp (5gm) Epsom Salts (magnesium sulfate) in 6 oz of warm water, 2 x/d. Magnesium is the ultimate muscle relaxer. If diarrhea develops, decrease Epsom salt dose. ...Read more

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I wake up frequently with Charley horse, arch cramps, and even cramps that make my ankle go stiff. I take vit d and magnesium and it helps some...

I wake up frequently with Charley horse, arch cramps, and even cramps that make my ankle go stiff. I take vit d and magnesium and it helps some...

Medical checkup: There are multiple potential causes for night time muscle cramping. A good medical checkup with a check of your electrolytes and a good exam is a good place to start. ...Read more

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Charley horse and swollen ankle could it be potassium deficiency?

Charley horse and swollen ankle could it be potassium deficiency?

Could be clot: If charley horse is associating with swelling i would be very concerned about deep venous thrombosis which is highly dangerous and can travel to lungs and cause pulmonary embolism, can be life theretening. Diagnosed with venous ultrasound of leg and treated with blood thinner. Highly recommend to get checked out. ...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