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Charlie Horse Muscle Spasm
I have a cough I am a smoker and I often get a pain like a Charlie horse or muscle spasm across my ribs or under my ribs. I cough up small mucus balls?
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Muscle spasms are typically painful involuntary muscle contracures which can occur in any part of the body, such as the neck, back and legs. There are various causes of muscle spasms such as recent injury or trauma and dehydration. Typically, patients can modify activity, rest, stretch, utilize heat or ice for treatment of muscle spasms. Rarely, patients can also ...Read more
Left arm has continuous charlie horse like pain and muscle spasms & twitches going on for over a week now.
I have been experiencing muscle spasms similar to a charlie horse in my right deltoid (anterior/lateral) when i stretch or reach. Do not lift weights?
Depends on This&That: If you're not used to stretching very much or doing routine exercises then, you may simply be suffering from muscle deconditioning. May be remedied by doing daily stretching. On the other hand, other causes for muscle spasms exist having to do with metabolic or medical conditions and which could also be checked out so contact your physician for a possible appointments and maybe some lab work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Sore muscles, muscle spasm are common in people who clench or grind their teeth. This can also happen from trauma. Your dentist can help you with this problem. In the mean time don't eat chewy or hard foods. Stick with a soft diet. Ice packs can help. Ibuprophen can also help but only for temporary relief. You need to see a dentist. ...Read more
Hip/ butt muscle spasms on left side like charlie horse. Recent MS dx. Possible symptom? Very painful lasted 2 days already. Suggestions?
SOME THOTS: Pain is very common in ms, and can present numerous ways, and even migraine is present in ms pts at a frequency of 2-4 times normals. However, your muscle spasms could represent a separate process in hip, back, pelvis. (unlikely, but if you were given steroids, check for avascular necrosis in hip). Lastly, do not want to second guess your doc, but there are oral meds now (no needles). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I prevent a charley horse? Every time i exercise, i get interrupted by a painful muscle spasm that lasts for about 15 minutes. What to do?
Muscle pain: Muscle pain and spasms after exercise can be quite severe. Keep in mind the kind of activity that is bringing it on, and seeing if there is something about your exercise regimen that needs adjusting. Hydration with water and perhaps electrolytes can help this condition, but look carefully and keep track of what kind of exercises are triggering the spasms and consult with your docotor. ...Read more
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Having muscle spasms like Charlie horse, and ball like cramp on left foot. Extreme severe pain and reoccurring. She has a thyroid prob(overweight)?
Currently painful bilateral calf spasticity that began yest. Muscles stiff,feel verge of "charlie horse". Pain to touch,walk. No workout,no DVT symptm?
Dehydration?: When there is a simultaneous bilateral problem, think what could be happening that would affect my whole system via my blood stream? Dehydration can cause bilateral calf spasticity, especially if you're low on electrolytes. Also, the onset of a virus is systemic and could cause this. If your pain is improving hour by hour just wait, if it's getting worse, seek medical help ASAP. Good luck! ...Read more
Charlie horse spasm in upper abdomen. It knocks the breathe out of me. I have to lay on the floor and massage it until the muscles loosen. What is it?
Deficiencies: Anxiety, back pain, difficulty breathing and muscle spasm can all be due to magnesium deficiency which is often present in winter with a need for vit d3 as well. Topical magnesium oil or a magnesium supplement like calms might help with 1, 000 to 10, 000 units of vit d3. Listen to your body and take what works. Avoid refined foods and sugar and improve over all health with good choices. ...Read more
Many reasons: Poor blood circulation in the legs overexertion of the calf muscles while exercising insufficient stretching before exercise exercising in the heat muscle fatigue dehydration magnesium and/or potassium deficiency calcium deficiency in pregnant women pinched nerve side effect of some drugs lasix, statin medications donepezil Neostigmine Procardia (nifedipine) proventil and asthma medications. ...Read more
Stretching: A "charley horse" in my terminology would be a cramp in the muscle. It can caused by a muscle inbalance of leg muscles in front vs back of the leg, swelling of the muscle and then cutting off the blood supply to the muscle. Apply ice, never heat, to the area. Stretch the muscles. See a physical therapist. ...Read more
Yes it could: But it is not very common. Relief is usually given by either massaging or stretching the foot, ankle or knee in the opposite direction of the spasm. Sport medicine advice suggests that dietary deficiency of potassium, found richly in bananas and many vegetables, is a common cause of these spasms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I keep having throbbing pain in the muscle of my tongue... usually once a day but today its more.. like a wanna be charlie horse?? what is it?
I have severe muscle cramps on the sides of my upper torso it happens a lot and they don't go away for long periods of time it's like a charlie horse?
Call your doctor: With symptoms this complex, you owe it to yourself to call your doctor to help you make sense out of them. ...Read more
Yes: Length of recovery has some to do with your age and baseline level of fitness. For example a teenager will recover much faster than an elderly sedentary person. But if your symptoms are severe it may mean it is not just a charley horse. Perhaps you have a small partial tear in your muscle. You should see a doctor if it persists. ...Read more
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
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