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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

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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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Charley horses under my right breast?

Charley horses under my right breast?

Intercostal muscle: The muscles between the ribs can sometimes produce "charley horses" and a heating pad to the area can make them "gallop away". ...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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Dr. Tso Chen Dr. Chen
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I have had extreme musle spasms or charlie horses on both inner parts of my thighs from my knee to my crotch?

Dr. Tso Chen Dr. Chen
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Seek help: Common causes for cramps or muscle pain are due to medication side effects or electrolyte imbalance. Heavy physical exertion can cause cramp also. Are you taking any medication currently? I advise you to see your primary doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes severe charley horses. I cannot stretch my legs because I get severe leg cramps.

What causes severe charley horses.  I cannot stretch my legs because I get severe leg cramps.

Lots of things: Here you go - and this is not a complete list : poor fitting shoes, sciatica, neuropathy (many causes), lower back arthritis, certain medicines, exercising, and many others. Your physician can properly diagnose you. ...Read more

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What can I do for massive charlie horses in my feet?

What can I do for massive charlie horses in my feet?

Foot cramps: Electrolyte imbalance and overuse injuries can cause cramping. ...Read more

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Why do my muscles twitch in my calf?

Why do my muscles twitch in my calf?

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 more

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What causes feet and leg cramps or charlie horses?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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Muscle cramps: may be brought on by many conditions or activities. Here is a few: dehydration, medications side effects and medical conditions (arterial disease, kidney disease and multiple sclerosis). See your doctor for investigation, tests and treatment if needed. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have pain in my calf muscles during morning walk?

I have pain in my calf muscles during morning walk?

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 more

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Why are my muscles twitching, in legs, sides and back?

Why are my muscles twitching, in legs, sides and back?

Many reasons : Could be dehydration, overuse , neuropathy to name a few. Talk to your doctor and give a thorough history to get the reason and correct treatment ...Read more

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Why do I get charlie horse in my legs and feet when on hctz (hydrochlorothiazide)?

Why do I get charlie horse in my legs and feet when on hctz (hydrochlorothiazide)?

Possible : Potassium deficiency. Often times a doc gives a patient potassium supplements. Speak to your doc as fluctuations in potassium can have an effect on cardiac function. ...Read more

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Why leg hurts and numbness in my lower leg?

Why leg hurts and numbness in my lower leg?

Neuropathy: Neuropathy can present with numbness and pain. There are number of conditions that can cause, please consult with a physician to find the cause. ...Read more

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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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Weak muscles, spasms mostly in my thighs?

See details: Your symptoms are too nonspecific to offer an opinion. Have the issue evaluated. ...Read more

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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 more

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