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How To Get Rid Of A Charley Horse In My Calf
Hydrate: Short answer;get up and stretch the muscle. Better answer:prevent the problem-drink more fluids before exercise. Now the super secret:drink the juice from claussin pickles-as a sports physician dealing with athletes I've found this to be very helpful. Don't tell everyone-our edge will be forever ruined. ...Read more
See below: A charley horse or cramp usually develops due to a buildup of certain waste products of metabolism, in this case lactic acid. Ways to deal with this is to stretch, the muscle, massage the muscle towards the heart to clear out the lactic acid. This also happens in people who get dehydrated so be sure to drink enough fluids. ...Read more
Prevention-Magnesium: Leg cramps are usually due to a magnesium deficiency. I would suggest 400 mg of either magnesium aspartate, magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate, magnesium maleate or magnesium taurate to relieve this problem. Do not waste your time with other forms of magnesium. These are available over the counter. If you take too much magnesium, you will get diarrhea. ...Read more
Stretching: A "charley horse" in my terminology would be a cramp in the muscle. It can caused by a muscle inbalance of leg muscles in front vs back of the leg, swelling of the muscle and then cutting off the blood supply to the muscle. Apply ice, never heat, to the area. Stretch the muscles. See a physical therapist. ...Read more
Dehydration issue: Eating a banana is to replace your potassium levels. Low potassium may be one cause for muscle cramping or "charlie horse." most often, dehydration can be the culprit. Drink a glass of water along with the banana. If you have a fever or severe pain, you should contact your doctor. ...Read more
How do you get rid of a charlie horse in your legs, what causes these I have had them for two nites now. Been trying to walk them out.
Have a deep ache in upper calf, feels like the remnants of a charley horse. Becomes more pronounced when standing/walking. Should I get it checked out?
I'm pregnant. At night I'm awakened by painful Charlie horse on my calf after yawning. It's very painful. Causes? Treatment?
Rule out DVT: I'm glad you mention that because you need to go in and have it checked out. You may have a muscle strain but the most important thing to rule out is deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. DVT is a very dangerous condition if not diagnosed and treated promptly. The diagnosis is confirmed by using a doppler machine to look at the veins in your calf. I recommend you do this right away please. Good luck. ...Read more
Hmm: Do these spontaneously occur or from trauma? If you are having sudden tightness, redness, or pain from your calf or behind the knee, you may want to get checked for a blood clot. If it's from trauma or exercise, hydration and stretching with ice and possible antiinflammatory medication will help. ...Read more
How can I prevent a charley horse? Every time I exercise, I get interrupted by a painful muscle spasm that lasts for about 15 minutes. What to do?
Muscle pain: Muscle pain and spasms after exercise can be quite severe. Keep in mind the kind of activity that is bringing it on, and seeing if there is something about your exercise regimen that needs adjusting. Hydration with water and perhaps electrolytes can help this condition, but look carefully and keep track of what kind of exercises are triggering the spasms and consult with your docotor. ...Read more
Born with a milder form of cp. Now at age 55, suffer severe leg/foot/calve charley horses and spasms. What can I do to rid myself of these? Why now? What kind of dr. Should I see? Awful pain!
If these are new: If these are totally new symptoms they may not be related to your cp. You can either see someone for emg's to check you muscles and nerves (neurologists or pm;r doctor) or they could be vascular (see a doctor like me or a vascular surgeon. I would see the neurologist or pm;r first given your history. ...Read more
Stretches: Generally a charley horse refers to a bad cramp. Usually these are short-lived and will resolve spontaneously. If they are recurrent or persistent, you can try stretches, massage, and anti-inflammatory meds. Keep yourself hydrated and eat a banana a day (to keep your potassium up) until it improves. ...Read more
Cramp: Perhaps...If the cramp is a result of referred pain from the arthritic knee or from walking with a limp. ...Read more
I had a loong painful "charley horse" in my calf 2 days ago now I can hardly walk and if I stretch anther cramp tries to start. What can/should I do?
May be a tear: Calf tear can actually result from a prolonged muscle spasm, especially if the was any compromise of the muscle prior to the spasm. If you notice any black and blue changes the tear is confirmed. Do not try to work through the pain. Muscle needs to heal or can lead to chronic problems. If having difficulty walking should be on crutches. See a orthopaedist or sports doc if symptoms persist. ...Read more
Possibly.: If the muscle tissue there tears, it can bleed under the skin, and then eventually bruise. It should clear itself up in a couple of weeks. ...Read more
Cramp: A charlie horse is a cramp and pain can be sharp, dull, piercing, or feel like you have injured yourself. The cramping can occur in the muscle and pain can occur on the skin in the bone, tendons or legiments. ...Read more
I had a bad charley horse last night. Today I notice that my calf is stiff and slightly larger than the other. Can this be the result of the charley?
Phlebitis or Bust.: Best not to worry whether or not it's a charley horse or not. Be concerned if it is a blood clot. It's a perfect location and the symptoms match. You need to have it examined immediately, as the end result could be potentially catastrophic. Stay off of it, apply heat and get to the urgent care. ...Read more
I found a soft lump on my calf and it causes a Charley horse like pain when I walk! It's been about a week and a half since it started?
MD exam needed: An MD needs to examine you to determine what the mass is ...Read more
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