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Dr. Corey Clay
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Charley Horse (Definition)

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


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I keep getting Charlie horses in my calves. Could this be due to my birth control?

I keep getting Charlie horses in my calves. Could this be due to my birth control?

Probably not: Muscle cramps are most often due to fatigue, poor circulation, and dehydration. The pill is not likely to have any impact on muscle cramps. ...Read more

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Major Charlie horses in feet, front and back of calves, toes even! Nights only. 2 nights now. Taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for cut is only changes. Any ideas?

Major Charlie horses in feet, front and back of calves, toes even! Nights only. 2 nights now. Taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for cut is only changes. Any ideas?

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim): Hi ChrisG18 Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is a sulfa based medication and can cause cramping. You might be able to mitigate them by drinking a glass of tonic water (quinine) at bedtime, but sounds like Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) may be the problem. Good luck. ...Read more

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What brings on "charlie horses" in legs at night?

What brings on "charlie horses" in legs at night?

A rude awakening...: The most common reason for calf cramps is dehydration, electrolyte abnormalities, certain medications, and recent excessive muscular activity. Some medications can deplete your potassium or calcium, magnesium levels. Adequate hydration would be the first thing to try. Consider a nightly gin and tonic without the gin… Tonic water contains quinine in small amounts and sometimes works wonders! ...Read more

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When I point my toes or stretch my legs, my calfs get horrible charlie horses, what should I do?

When I point my toes or stretch my legs, my calfs get horrible charlie horses, what should I do?

Calf pain: Sounds like your calf muscles are cramping. Do you exercise your legs? If not then you should try doing a specific leg program to strengthen your calf muscles. You will need to do 4-5 sets of 20-25 reps of calf raises. Also i would incorporate exercises for your quads snd hamstrings and even your glutes. Progressive resistance exercises is the best way to prevent muscle problems. ...Read more

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What causes muscle spasms and charlie horses in legs all day and all night?

What causes muscle spasms and charlie horses in legs all day and all night?

Muscle spasm: This may be a mineral or vitamin deficiency or side effect of some medication or nutritional deficiency. You need to see your doctor to sort this out and help you. ...Read more

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What might I do to get relief from muscle spasms in my legs (charlie horses)?

What might I do to get relief from muscle spasms in my legs (charlie horses)?

Muscle spasms: There are not always easy solutions, but first be certain you are well hydrated and eat good sources for minerals. This can sometimes mean a problem with calcium but that should be assessed by labs. There are other labs that can be done. Also ok to try magnesium malate in a dose of 200 to 500 mg per day, watching for diarrhea (means too much). ...Read more

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At night when I go to bed I get charlie horses in my feet and legs. Why is this happening? Pls answer.

At night when I go to bed I get charlie horses in my feet and legs. Why is this happening? Pls answer.

Potassium: You should be drinking a lot of water and making sure you have a good intake of potassium on a daily basis. Bananas are a good source of potassium. You should also have blood work done to make sure it is normal. ...Read more

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