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Chronic Charlie Horse
Charlie Horse: Muscle cramps in leg or foot muscles at night usually result from strenuous exercising, hormonal changes, low calcium or potassium, medications, neuropathy or pregnancy. Relief can be obtained thru stretching or massaging the foot, ankle or knee in opposite direction of the spasm, and eating fruits & vegetables rich in potassium such as bananas. ...Read more
Charley horse: Should be no more than 1-2 days tops. ...Read more
See your doctor: There are many reasons to have cramps at night. It would best to start with an evaluation and physical by your family doctor. ...Read more
A few hours: Certainly anything more than a few hours would warrant evaluation, especially if there is severe associated pain. No reason to endure discomfort/pain for any longer thatn that. ...Read more
I had my gallblater remover 2 yes ago and I have had a lot of Charlie horse pain when I bend over or twist the wrong way, what is wrong with me?
NotRelatedToGallBlad: The pain what you describe Charlie horse is not due to your gall bladder surgery.It may be muscle pain as it comes on bending and twisting.We can not say what caused it as we need more information as to where the pain is and how long it lasts and if it is relieved by taking any meds.I will avoid that act which causes p[ain,try anti inflammatory pain meds like motrin.If it persist get it checked. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Minor injury: If you have a minor bruise, contusion or strain in a muscle it will bleed into the affected area. This will lead to some swelling and discomfort you may even get some black and blue and other nice colors i would recommend ice, nsaids and gentle stretching until your symptoms resolve. ...Read more
Ive been having a charlie horse type feeling in my ruq of abd. Different things bring it in. Sometimes it's just bending over.
Charlie horse every time i walk? I have been eating healthier and walking for exercise. By the time i walk two blocks i'm in pain. What gives?
Charlie horse: Where exactly is this charlie horse? Pain in the shin/calf may be exertional compartment syndrome, but this is quite rare. Pain in the thigh or hamstring, or also in the leg, may be due to stiff/tight muscles. A good stretching program for the affected muscle group would help if that is the issue. And I have had some success with magnesium dietary supplements. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I just coughed and it feels like a have a charlie horse in my back . I can't move at all and when I eat the pain worsens its on my left upper side ?
Splinting cough pain: Your coughing might have caused a stitch in your back due to strain of the muscles between the ribs as well as in the back, or even a shift of ribs/neck/vertebrae. Lungs and other internal organs can send referred pain signals to your musculoskeletal system (viscerosomatic reflexes is the term). See your primary care provider to confirm it's not pneumonia etc; then see a do/md/pt to get moving. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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