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Consistent almost charlie horse pain general left leg vein pain and tenderness when laying down. 3 days, additional left foot bruise feeling walking.

Consistent almost charlie horse pain general left leg vein pain and tenderness when laying down. 3 days, additional left foot bruise feeling walking.

Could be a blood clo: This needs immediate evaluation. This coud be a blood clot. Please contact your physician now. It may be a different cause but you need to get evaluated. ...Read more

Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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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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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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Really bad Charley horse in calf two nights ago. Strange quarter sized painful bruise with a knot in it showed up right after the cramp. Why?

Really bad Charley horse in calf two nights ago. Strange quarter sized painful bruise with a knot in it showed up right after the cramp. Why?

Blood clot: You should be evaluated for blood clots in your veins. While the one you can see on the surface usually isn't a problem there can be deep clots that triggered that superficial clot. ...Read more

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What's a good way to treat a charlie horse(leg cramp)?

What's a good way to treat a charlie horse(leg cramp)?

Water & stretches: Are you drinking your 2-3qts of water each day? Do you stretch before you walk your 15 min each day? If not, give it a try. If so, check in with your doc. ...Read more

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Does restless leg syndrome cause a charlie horse in calf?

No: Cramping or charlie horses in the calf are generally not part of restless leg syndrome. I would recommend that you see your doctor for further workup and treatment of what could be causing the cramping especially electrolyte disturbances. ...Read more

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Squatted down holding 25 lbs felt cramp in calf now feels like charlie horse happen about 9 hrs ago only getting worse pain radiating up leg now ?

Squatted down holding 25 lbs felt cramp in calf now feels like charlie horse happen about 9 hrs ago only getting worse pain radiating up leg now ?

Most likely muscle: Pull or tear. However, one of the worrisome things about injuring your calf, when the pain keeps getting worse and worse, is that it could be compartment syndrome. If the calf feels very tight, pale, loose pulses in feet, then get to a doctor. Other possibility is that you herniated a disc and caused a radiculopathy or irritation a nerve from your back. Will also need to see a physician for this. ...Read more

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I have a charlie horse in my leg can't stand up?

I have a charlie horse in my leg can't stand up?

Could be: Dehydration or electrolyte imbalance increase sodium slightly and or potassium slightly on a regular basis should help. ...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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I get a very sharp pain in my lower leg when I stretch. I believe its called "charlie horse" this happens too often. How can I help this?

I get a very sharp pain in my lower leg when I stretch. I believe its called "charlie horse" this happens too often. How can I help this?

Charlie Horse: A charlie horse is actually bleeding (a small blood clot) in your muscle due to excessive, forceful stretching in which a muscle gets pulled and tears a small blood vessel. The most common pain you get when you stretch is just from the stretching itself. As you try to move contracted muscle fibers further apart, they hurt for a while. That is the whole point of stretching to loosen them up. ...Read more

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Can u take 2 600mg ibrophene for pain because I'm feeling a lot of pain in my right leg it's feel like a Charlie horse. sometime I can't walk. ?

Can u take 2 600mg ibrophene for pain because I'm feeling a lot of pain in my right leg it's feel like a Charlie horse. sometime I can't walk. ?

No: You can take maximum 800 mg at a time. You can take ibuprofen every 6-8 hrs. Max daily dose shold be about 2,400. May cause stomach irritation, bleeding ...Read more

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Why do you get charlie horse cramps in leg after having back surgery?

Why do you get charlie horse cramps in leg after having back surgery?

Acid buildup: While under anesthesia, the legs are bent and there is a decrease in blood return from the legs. Waste products like Lactic Acid build up. There is a decrease in blood supply and oxygen levels are lower, compounding the problem. After surgery, the legs are straightened, and blood and lymph fluids begin moving. Muscle cramping occurs during this time, when the local pH is low. ...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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I have had charlie horse-like pains in my right knee that radiates down the leg. It always seems to happen when I lie down to go to sleep. Any advice?

I have had charlie horse-like pains in my right knee that radiates down the leg. It always seems to happen when I lie down to go to sleep. Any advice?

Maybe internal knee: Hi DRoy
Is your knee otherwise fine? Sometimes inflammation inside the knee can be triggered by changes in position when lying down, and start hurting. Any 'radiating' pain also suggests nerve compression as a source. Try more stretching, but if continues, consult with your PCP. 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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Bf woke up w/ bad charlie horse pain in calf. His leg was really stiff & still won't relax completely. He has had 2 "attacks" this am. What to do?

Drink water: If it doesn't go away with hydration or there is swelling or injury to that legs he needs to be seen by a doctor today as this could be a sign of a serious condition called a dvt. ...Read more

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My husband recently had been getting charley horse like cramps lately in his right leg. Sometimes even during sex. What does this mean? & why?

My husband recently had been getting charley horse like cramps lately in his right leg. Sometimes even during sex. What does this mean? & why?

You need a doctor: It is impossible to answer your question without examining your husband. The problem could be vascular or muscle cramps. You need to consult a doctor to have this evaluated. ...Read more

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How do I treat severe charlie horse pain in both legs and a foot?

See a doctor: You need to be examined to make sure that your have proper blood flow and potassium levels.

You might want to try stretching, heat to your legs, multivitamin. ...Read more

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Why do I get charlie horse in my legs and feet when on hctz (hydrochlorothiazide)?

Why do I get charlie horse in my legs and feet when on hctz (hydrochlorothiazide)?

Possible : Potassium deficiency. Often times a doc gives a patient potassium supplements. Speak to your doc as fluctuations in potassium can have an effect on cardiac function. ...Read more

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The last month or so I have started getting a leg cramp- charlie horse only in the left leg pretty much just when orgasm i'm a 25yr. Female

The last month or so I have started getting a leg cramp- charlie horse only in the left leg pretty much just when orgasm i'm a 25yr. Female

Muscle injury: When you orgasm, the muscles tense up. It is likely that this aggravates a small muscle injury which may be due to a tear, fatigue, or overuse of a portion of the muscle. I would recommend a gentle prolonged stretch of the muscle prior to sex in the future, drink plenty of liquids, and replenish any electrolytes with a sport drink. ...Read more

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Calf pain about 2 weeks ago i got what i thought was a charlie horse in the calf of my left leg and since then the pain seems to have moved up in back of my knee, do you think I have just sprained my calf. Or is there some thing else going on. Thank you!

Hard : Hard to say without seeing it, but one concern I have is phlebitis, an inflamed clot inside a vein, which can cause pain and swelling and the feeling of migration further up the leg. There are two kinds of phlebitis: superficial thrombophlebitis, which is annoying at best, and deep vein thrombosis, which is a medical emergency because the clot has the ability to break off and travel to the lung.

Given there is a possibility of the latter, i would recommend you make an appointment with your primary care physician today. If you're having chest pain or shortness of breath, you must go to the er immediately.

I don't mean to be an alarmist. What you have could just be a silly muscle sprain. But given my lack of ability to see your leg, and given the possibility of you having a dvt, i'd rather not take chances and insist you get checked out now to be safe.

Stop reading and go! ...Read more

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How can I fix a leg spasm/cramp/charley horse?

Put your foot: At a 90 degree angle to your leg with moderate pressure until the cramp goes away. This won't stop, it from coming back again. Sometimes quinine is helpful for leg cramps at night. ...Read more

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Any advice on preventing leg cramps/charley horse?

Any advice on preventing leg cramps/charley horse?

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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Sharp pain/cramps in entire leg sometimes. Not a Charlie horse, I usually wake up with it. Similar to growing pains, occurs near ankle up to thigh

Muscle cramps: Have your electrolytes checked. Sometimes cramps are from being low in potassium or calcium. Ask your PCP to do a chemistry for you and evaluate. ...Read more

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I had mirena (levonorgestrel) put in yesterday I have a charlie horse shooting down my leg i'm scared it could be something serious like a blood clot could it be? 

I had mirena (levonorgestrel) put in yesterday I have a charlie horse shooting down my leg i'm scared it could be something serious like a blood clot could it be? 

Doubtful: Mirena (levonorgestrel) insertion really shouldn't cause anything like that. It is more likely that being in the lithotomy position (feet in stirrups, legs up, etc) caused the muscles to spasm. Mirena (levonorgestrel) does have hormones in it, and all forms of hormones have a risk of blood clots....But that would be rare and coincidental. ...Read more

Dr. Melissa Gowans
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