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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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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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What causes extreme charley horse pain on shin? Combined with sweating and nausea?

What causes extreme charley horse pain on shin? Combined with sweating and nausea?

Muscle cramps: This can range from muscle fatigue if you are a runner. This usually resolves with a short period of rest 1-2 weeks and changing shoes.

But if associated with nausea and sweating could indicate dehydration. If you have abdominal cramps associated you should see your primary physician or goto the emergency room. ...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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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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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

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Is it normal to still have pain in the leg a day after having a charley horse?

Yes!: There can be muscle damage after a muscle cramp. Magnesium helps prevent muscle spasms and cramps if taken daily. ...Read more

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I got a charley horse on my leg like 2 days ago shouldn't it have gone away right after I stretched?

Sure it's a cramp?: Cramps at times can last for quite some time, not the cramp itself, but the soreness in the calf after a particularly strong one. If there is pain without the cramping, it could possibly be a blood clot or at times a baker's cyst that ruptured behind the knee, with the fluid migrating down into the calf area. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of a charley horse in your leg?

What is the best way to get rid of a charley horse in your leg?

Hydrate: Short answer;get up and stretch the muscle. Better answer:prevent the problem-drink more fluids before exercise. Now the super secret:drink the juice from claussin pickles-as a sports physician dealing with athletes I've found this to be very helpful. Don't tell everyone-our edge will be forever ruined. ...Read more

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What's a good way to treat a charlie horse (leg cramp)?

What's a good way to treat a charlie horse (leg cramp)?

Water & stretches: Are you drinking your 2-3qts of water each day? Do you stretch before you walk your 15 min each day? If not, give it a try. If so, check in with your doc. ...Read more

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Does restless leg syndrome cause a charlie horse in calf?

No: Cramping or charlie horses in the calf are generally not part of restless leg syndrome. I would recommend that you see your doctor for further workup and treatment of what could be causing the cramping especially electrolyte disturbances. ...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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How can I fix a leg spasm/cramp/charley horse?

How can I fix a leg spasm/cramp/charley horse?

Put your foot: At a 90 degree angle to your leg with moderate pressure until the cramp goes away. This won't stop, it from coming back again. Sometimes quinine is helpful for leg cramps at night. ...Read more

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My husband recently had been getting charley horse like cramps lately in his right leg. Sometimes even during sex. What does this mean? & why?

My husband recently had been getting charley horse like cramps lately in his right leg. Sometimes even during sex. What does this mean? & why?

You need a doctor: It is impossible to answer your question without examining your husband. The problem could be vascular or muscle cramps. You need to consult a doctor to have this evaluated. ...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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I have had charlie horse-like pains in my right knee that radiates down the leg. It always seems to happen when I lie down to go to sleep. Any advice?

I have had charlie horse-like pains in my right knee that radiates down the leg. It always seems to happen when I lie down to go to sleep. Any advice?

Maybe internal knee: Hi DRoy
Is your knee otherwise fine? Sometimes inflammation inside the knee can be triggered by changes in position when lying down, and start hurting. Any 'radiating' pain also suggests nerve compression as a source. Try more stretching, but if continues, consult with your PCP. Good luck. ...Read more

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The last month or so I have started getting a leg cramp- charlie horse only in the left leg pretty much just when orgasm I'm a 25yr. Female

The last month or so I have started getting a leg cramp- charlie horse only in the left leg pretty much just when orgasm I'm a 25yr. Female

Muscle injury: When you orgasm, the muscles tense up. It is likely that this aggravates a small muscle injury which may be due to a tear, fatigue, or overuse of a portion of the muscle. I would recommend a gentle prolonged stretch of the muscle prior to sex in the future, drink plenty of liquids, and replenish any electrolytes with a sport drink. ...Read more

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Calf pain about 2 weeks ago I got what I thought was a charlie horse in the calf of my left leg and since then the pain seems to have moved up in back of my knee, do you think I have just sprained my calf. Or is there some thing else going on. Thank you!

Hard: Hard to say without seeing it, but one concern I have is phlebitis, an inflamed clot inside a vein, which can cause pain and swelling and the feeling of migration further up the leg. There are two kinds of phlebitis: superficial thrombophlebitis, which is annoying at best, and deep vein thrombosis, which is a medical emergency because the clot has the ability to break off and travel to the lung.

Given there is a possibility of the latter, I would recommend you make an appointment with your primary care physician today. If you're having chest pain or shortness of breath, you must go to the er immediately.

I don't mean to be an alarmist. What you have could just be a silly muscle sprain. But given my lack of ability to see your leg, and given the possibility of you having a dvt, i'd rather not take chances and insist you get checked out now to be safe.

Stop reading and go! ...Read more

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I had mirena (levonorgestrel) put in yesterday I have a charlie horse shooting down my leg I'm scared it could be something serious like a blood clot could it be?  

I had mirena (levonorgestrel) put in yesterday I have a charlie horse shooting down my leg I'm scared it could be something serious like a blood clot could it be?  

Doubtful: Mirena (levonorgestrel) insertion really shouldn't cause anything like that. It is more likely that being in the lithotomy position (feet in stirrups, legs up, etc) caused the muscles to spasm. Mirena (levonorgestrel) does have hormones in it, and all forms of hormones have a risk of blood clots....But that would be rare and coincidental. ...Read more