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How to get rid of a charley horse in my calf?

How to get rid of a charley horse in my calf?

Rub it: Rubbing can help. If it's recurrent, you could have a mineral or vitamin deficiency. Recommend an evaluation for magnesium, potassium, vitamin d, b12, folate and iron levels including ferritin and %iron saturation. ...Read more

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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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What is the best way to get rid of a charley horse in your leg?

What is the best way to get rid of a charley horse in your leg?

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

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How do you get rid of a charlie horse in your leg?

How do you get rid of a charlie horse in your leg?

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

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How to get rid of a charley horse in your thigh?

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

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How can I get rid of a charley horse quick?

Stretch: When you have a charley horse, stretch it out. This should help. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of charley horse pain?

How can I get rid of charley horse pain?

Gin and tonic: If you are bothered by charlie horses, take a gin and tonic before going to bed. Alcohol dilates blood vessels and quinine water (tonic water) is one of the oldest cramp medicines known to man. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a painful charley horse?

How do I get rid of a painful charley horse?

Massage: And stretch them, if they persist make sure you are not dehydrated, have no magnesium or potassium defiinncies and i'd taking any meds for cholesterol to speak to your doc. ...Read more

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How can one prevent getting a charley horse in your calf muscles?

How can one prevent getting a charley horse in your calf muscles?

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

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How do I get rid of a charlie horse?

Water, vitamins: Charlie horses, or cramps, can occur when you are dehydrated or if your electrolytes levels are off. Sometimes they occur as a result of heavy exercise and fatigue. Try drinking water and taking a multivitamin to help out. See a doctor if your symptoms worsen. ...Read more

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Can icy hot help get rid of a charlie horse?

It: May make it feel better but it will not get rid of it. Stretch massage and rest should help it go away. If not getting better physical therapy can help with different treatments ...Read more

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Can more bananas get rid of charlie horse cramps?

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

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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.

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.

Stretching: Cramps at night are not uncommon. You should consider stretching your muscle groups prior to bed time. In addition you should make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Low potassium may also be an issue. Try eating a banana once a day to increase your potassium level. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Calf pain: Yes, you would be wise to have this checked. It may be muscle pain or it could be a blood clot in the vein in your calf. You probably will need to have a test, an ultrasound test of your leg vein to look for blood clot. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant. At night I'm awakened by painful Charlie horse on my calf after yawning. It's very painful. Causes? Treatment?

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

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What should I do for a really bad charlie horse in my leg? How can I prevent them?

What should I do for a really bad charlie horse in my leg? How can I prevent them?

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

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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?

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

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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!

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

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I think I got a charley horse in my calf. What can I do for this?

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

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I have charley horse in my calf and am going to have tkr will this cramping go away?

I have charley horse in my calf and am going to have tkr will this cramping go away?

Cramp: Perhaps...If the cramp is a result of referred pain from the arthritic knee or from walking with a limp. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is it normal for a charley horse to bruise in the calf?

Is it normal for a charley horse to bruise in the calf?

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

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How do a charley horse and calf pain differ?

How do a charley horse and calf pain differ?

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

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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

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Please tell me, could I use Aleve (naproxen) to help my charley horse in my right calf?

Please tell me, could I use Aleve (naproxen) to help my charley horse in my right calf?

Have it evaluated.: Gentle massage is usually helpful, but have it evaluated and make sure that it is not something more serious. ...Read more