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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. Barbara Lavi
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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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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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What is the cause of a Charlie horse in my sleep that wakes me up with a lot of pain in my ankle and I feel like it is paralyzed. I can't even move it?

What is the cause of a Charlie horse in my sleep that wakes me up with a lot of pain in my ankle and I feel like it is paralyzed. I can't even move it?

Unknown cause: Charlie horse leg pain is common and the cause is unknown. If you have these frequently you can lower the incidence by using quinine infused seltzer water in the late evening. ...Read more

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Have charlie horse in my calf since morning, its night and won't go away, also sprained my ankle last month and have hip pain, diagnosis?

Have charlie horse in my calf since morning, its night and won't 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 should I do for a really bad charlie horse in my leg? How can I prevent them?

What should I do for a really bad charlie horse in my leg? How can I prevent them?

Hmm: Do these spontaneously occur or from trauma? If you are having sudden tightness, redness, or pain from your calf or behind the knee, you may want to get checked for a blood clot. If it's from trauma or exercise, hydration and stretching with ice and possible antiinflammatory medication will help. ...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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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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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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How long does leg pain last after a charley horse?

How long does leg pain last after a charley horse?

Some times long: Time (few days), some times few minutes, it depends on the amount damage to the muscle for the charley horse some time minimum and some time there is major damage. ...Read more

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What is the cause of charley horse on the foot when people swim?

What is the cause of charley horse on the foot when people swim?

Exertion, 'lytes: Charley horse is another term for muscle cramp. It has many possible causes, and can often be caused by intense or prolonged muscle activity, as could occur during swimming. Charley horses are more likely to occur when a person is dehydrated or deficient in certain electrolytes such as potassium, calcium, or magnesium. ...Read more

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I get a very sharp pain in my lower leg when I stretch. I believe its called "charlie horse" this happens too often. How can I help this?

I get a very sharp pain in my lower leg when I stretch. I believe its called "charlie horse" this happens too often. How can I help this?

Charlie Horse: A charlie horse is actually bleeding (a small blood clot) in your muscle due to excessive, forceful stretching in which a muscle gets pulled and tears a small blood vessel. The most common pain you get when you stretch is just from the stretching itself. As you try to move contracted muscle fibers further apart, they hurt for a while. That is the whole point of stretching to loosen them up. ...Read more

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Can u take 2 600mg ibrophene for pain because I'm feeling a lot of pain in my right leg it's feel like a Charlie horse. Sometime I can't walk.?

Can u take 2 600mg ibrophene for pain because I'm feeling a lot of pain in my right leg it's feel like a Charlie horse. Sometime I can't walk.?

No: You can take maximum 800 mg at a time. You can take ibuprofen every 6-8 hrs. Max daily dose shold be about 2, 400. May cause stomach irritation, bleeding ...Read more