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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

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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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I actually have two issues. Yesterday I feel on my arm now when ever I move it, it hurts pretty bad. Feels like a get a Charlie horse in my arm when ever I move it. The 2nd issue is I think I'm getting a cold. I have a sore throat and stuffy sinus?

I actually have two issues. Yesterday I feel on my arm now when ever I move it, it hurts pretty bad. Feels like a get a Charlie horse in my arm when ever I move it. The 2nd issue is I think I'm getting a cold. I have a sore throat and stuffy sinus?

Arm sling, vitamin C: If you can move your arm, chances are that it is not fractured. So, most likely a soft tissue injury. Take some over the counter advil or aleve (naproxen) (if you are not allergic) and wear a sling to keep your arm still. If the pain continues or gets worse, get evaluated by a physician and get xray. For your cold symptoms, take 4 grams of vitamin C and an antihistamine (if not allergic). See MD if necessary ...Read more

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I have a had 2 sharp charlie horse pains in my right arm, what is the cause of this?

I have a had 2 sharp charlie horse pains in my right arm, what is the cause of this?

Need more details: Arm includes finger tips 2 shoulder, so u need 2 b specific about the location ; the muscle involved. Usually 1 gets these after performing a repeatedly hard task as piling wood or the like. Especially if not used to it or have not done 4 a while. Otc nsaids, rest, ; ice after the activity is beneficial. ...Read more

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I am having right breast cramping. Kind of like a charlie horse. When I move my arm it makes it worse. Please help!

I am having right breast cramping. Kind of like a charlie horse. When I move my arm it makes it worse. Please help!

Chest wall pain: The pain is most likely coming from the bones and muscles under your breast, not the breast itself. Rib out of alignment can cause excruciating pains, especially with movement. Seek the help of a chiropractor or osteopathic physician who specializes in musculoskeletal medicine as a first step. ...Read more

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Today I had a throbbing paid in left arm pit felt like charlie horse. Should I be worried?

Today I had a throbbing paid in left arm pit felt like charlie horse. Should I be worried?

More info needed: Unless you can directly related to a muscle pull or strain possibilities involve the muscles, nervous system, cardiovascular system and skeletal system to mention a few.
Referred pain from a cardiac condition, poor blood flow, inflamed nerves, muscles, lymphatics and lungs may be involved.
A thorough exam is needed. ...Read more

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Intermittent pain in left inside arm, about 2" above the elbow on bicep. Feels like a Charlie horse. Wakes me up at night. Been about 2 days?

Intermittent pain in left inside arm, about 2" above the elbow on bicep. Feels like a Charlie horse. Wakes me up at night. Been about 2 days?

May be: May be something as simple as sprain/strain/bruise, or as complex as complex as a cardiac issue. Cannot examine or diagnose you in this forum, it's informational only. Please see a Physician immediately. ...Read more

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Having a burning sensatiom im my upper left arm. But also feels like a charlie horse. Been 2 days. Gets worse at night. Could it be a pinched nerve?

Having a burning sensatiom im my upper left arm. But also feels like a charlie horse. Been 2 days. Gets worse at night. Could it be a pinched nerve?

Absolutely: A pinched nerve can cause neck pain headaches, and pain or numbness running into the arm. There are other potential causes, however, and so it would be food to just get a regular check up to make sure it is nothing else. Physical therapy, chiropractic, and interventional pain management are the non operative treatments for it if it doesn't get better. Thank you. ...Read more

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Right shoulder/Arm Intense pain goes down to back and chest last for several minutes than goes away happens only at night than gets a Charlie horse?

Why do you: Get the Charlie horse? Is it sleeping positions that you could try differently? Are you over using the arm in the day? Are you dehydrated and need to drink more water? Do you need more potassium? Try a supplement from the store. If none of that works get an evaluation from your doc ...Read more

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Left arm has continuous charlie horse like pain and muscle spasms & twitches going on for over a week now.

Left arm has continuous charlie horse like pain and muscle spasms & twitches going on for over a week now.

Charlie horse: Make sure you have enough potassium and are well hydrated. Gatorade or powerade gas the proper mix of nutrients essential for hydration of muscles. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can cervical disc buldge in c4-c6 with narrowing cause upper back pain cramp radiating to chest and left arm? Pain in back is like charlie horse.

Absolutely: Yes, a disc problem in the neck can cause neck pain, headaches, and pain or numbness that runs into the arm. I would not hesitate to be seen for an accurate diagnosis and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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Hi, Discomfort (like a cramp) below my left shoulder. Feels like a charlie horse forming, but not quite getting there. Same on forearm (left).49yo-F?

Hi, Discomfort (like a cramp) below my left shoulder. Feels like a charlie horse forming, but not quite getting there. Same on forearm (left).49yo-F?

Your NECK: May contain the "answer" since "referred" pain from a pinched nerve at the C6-C7 cervical veterbral level radiates to the shoulder and forearm.
Check this out with your PCP (primary Care Provider) and in the meantime try applying HEAT to the BACK OF YOUR NECK and see if that helps!!

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...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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How do I get rid of a charlie horse?

Water, vitamins: Charlie horses, or cramps, can occur when you are dehydrated or if your electrolytes levels are off. Sometimes they occur as a result of heavy exercise and fatigue. Try drinking water and taking a multivitamin to help out. See a doctor if your symptoms worsen. ...Read more

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Can icy hot help get rid of a charlie horse?

Can icy hot help get rid of a charlie horse?

It: May make it feel better but it will not get rid of it. Stretch massage and rest should help it go away. If not getting better physical therapy can help with different treatments ...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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Can you have a charlie horse on your inner thigh?

Can you have a charlie horse on your inner thigh?

Yes: " charley horses" can occur in almost all major muscle groups including the adductors (inner muscles) on your thigh. If your pain/ spasm persist despite rest/ nsaids then see your primary care physician. .. Be certain that its a muscle 'cramp' and nothing more serious. Good luck! ...Read more

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Do ortho doctors deal with charlie horse problems?

Charley horse: These problems are dealt with by orthopedic, sports, and rehab docs. ...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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What is a charlie horse? Can you get it in your tongue?

What is a charlie horse? Can you get it in your tongue?

Muscle tie: I have never heard of getting a charlie horse in the tongue. Tongue muscles exert force when extending the tongue outward. "sticking your tongue out" so to speak. Therefore highly unlikely. ...Read more

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Pain on left side under last few ribs feels kinda like Charlie horse what could it be?

Pain on left side under last few ribs feels kinda like Charlie horse what could it be?

Many things: Many things could manifest as this type of pain such as anxiety, infection, inflammation, stomach irritation etc. Does anything make it better or worse? What are the characteristics of the pain. See your doctor for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the problem when you have to sleep straight at night because anyover will cause a charlie horse?

What is the problem when you have to sleep straight at night because anyover will cause a charlie horse?

Muscle cramps: May be due to mineral deficiency (potassium or magnesium) or anemia. Do you take statin for cholesterol? Try stretching calf muscles before bedtime & magnesium supplement (~100 mg). If no improvement, see fp for exam & tx. ...Read more

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I've had pain in gallbladder for years on and off, now when I sit up I get a charlie horse in gallbladder. What r the symptoms and risks of disease?

I've had pain in gallbladder for years on and off, now when I sit up I get a charlie horse in gallbladder. What r the symptoms and risks of disease?

Abdominal pain.: The most common symptom of gallbladder disease is right upper sided abdominal pain. That usually happens intermittently, often after eating greasy or fatty food. If these symptoms have been going on for a while, then you should have blood tests and an ultrasound of the gallbladder performed. I would see your primary care doctor further advice. Good luck. ...Read more

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I was sitting, then went to get up and my left side oblique area hurt like a charlie horse suddenly. It hurts worse trying to straighten up and walk.

Muscle spasm: A charlie horse is a muscle spasm, and that sounds exactly like what happened. If it is severe, or unrelenting, you should have it checked out by your primary care doctor. In the mean time, ok to treat with ice, warm compresses, or combination. Can also use massage. Hope this helps! ...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?

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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How do you stop a charlie horse pain?

How do you stop a charlie horse pain?

Slow steady stretch: A charlie horse is really a localized muscle cramp. Cramps can occur from muscle fatigue, overall dehydration, or direct blunt trauma (thigh contusion/bruise). Simple slow muscle stretching is the quickest most expedient way to "self-treat" a charlie horse/cramp. ...Read more