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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tonic Water: Tonic water containing quinine is effective in treating leg cramps.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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