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Doctor insights on: Chronic Charlie Horse

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What is a Charlie horse?

What is a Charlie horse?

Hold your horses: Charlie horses are nothing more than muscle spasms. They can affect any muscle but generally involve the legs. These spasms can be caused by many different things. If they continue with any severity, I suggest you seek a professional to isolate the root cause. ...Read more

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Charley Horse (Definition)

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


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How do you stop a charlie horse pain?

How do you stop a charlie horse pain?

Slow steady stretch: A charlie horse is really a localized muscle cramp. Cramps can occur from muscle fatigue, overall dehydration, or direct blunt trauma (thigh contusion/bruise). Simple slow muscle stretching is the quickest most expedient way to "self-treat" a charlie horse/cramp. ...Read more

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What is a charlie horse. How is it fixed?

Charley horse: A charley horse is a slang term for an acute muscle spasm. The treatment is to relax and try to gently stretch out the muscle. ...Read more

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How come i get a charlie horse only at night?

See below: Multiple reasons possibly dehydration, low potassium overuse . And more .. Try stretching before you go to bed keep yourself well hydrated try a supplemental potassium such as a banana and consider taking an 8 ounce glass of tonic water at bedtime before you go to sleep, . ...Read more

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What can I do to treat a charlie horse at night?

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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

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What should you do when you get a charlie horse?

Stretches: The best thing to do immediately is a gentle and progressive stretch. Try eating a banana a day in case low potassium is causing your problem. You may want to do stretches several times daily until your problem resolves. See a physician if the problem persists. ...Read more

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Charlie horse not going away! comes back every night or so?

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