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Charlie Horses In My Calves
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
I have had extreme musle spasms or charlie horses on both inner parts of my thighs from my knee to my crotch?
Water: drink a glass of Tonic water before going to bed. ...Read more
Minerals and water: Your muscle twitching is most likely due to dehydration from not drinking enough water and /or you are not getting enough magnesium and potassium in your diet. You should try to drink enough water each day to keep your urine pale yellow to clear all day. You need to increase the your fruit and vegeatble intake to 5-7 sevings per day to get enough magnesium and potassium. We are what we eat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have pain in my shins after walking or standing and "charlie horses" in my legs and arches of my feet. Could this be shin splints or something worse?
Could be shin splint: Try wearing arch supports and make sure yor well hydrated. If pain persists see your doctor. ...Read more
Morning stretch : It is possible that you have some shortening of the achilles' tendon that gets worse overnight. Walking stretches the tendon/muscle and may cause pain. Do calf stretches when you wake up and see if that solves the problem. Otherwise consult with a physiatrist or sports medicine physician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Both calve muscle twitch I can watch my leg and see the dents from the twitch coming n going all over, after my calves tighten up like a Charlie horse?
See you Doc: This is usually a benign process but if you are experiencing this frequently or have weakness, then you should discuss with your Doc. ...Read more
Charlie horses at night in both calfs, numbness in one or both legs and have to stop walking, legs feel like I have done extreme leg exercises & sore?
Maybe venous disease: Cramping at night is a common complaint in those with chronic venous insufficiency. The numbness and muscle soreness can result from the changes in ph affect the potassium levels in muscles (thereby also affecting contraction of the muscle fibers). Often the direct dilation of veins presses on nerves or causes chemical irritation locally which can result in numbness or a burning like feeling. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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