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Leg Cramps Or Charlie Horses
Leg pain can be due to a muscle cramp (also called a charley horse). Common causes of cramps include: * Dehydration or low amounts of potassium, sodium, calcium, or magnesium in the blood * Medications such as: o Diuretics, which can cause you to lose too much fluid or minerals o Statins, which lower cholesterol and can cause muscle injury * Muscle fatigue or strain from overuse, too much exercise, or holding a muscle in the same position ...Read more
My son playes baseball, and he gets bad leg cramps (charlie horses). Is it ok for him to have potassium pills or should I give him some else?
Probably Not: A healthy 9 year old who eats a regular diet should not have issues with low potassium unless there is some underlying problem. Low magnesium can also cause leg cramps. Instead of giving potassium pills i would suggest just a regular children's multivitamin. If the problem does not resolve with this i would have his pediatrician check a complete metabolic panel to look for any abnormalities. ...Read more
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
What to do if i woke up with leg cramps and the night before during the night what to do if i had bad charlie horse in my legs.?
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
My husband recently had been getting charley horse like cramps lately in his right leg. Sometimes even during sex. What does this mean? & why?
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
Why do I have "charlie horses cramps in the calf of my leg that wakes me up while I am sleeping never had this before am very active and 70 years old woman
Nighttime : Nighttime leg cramps are involuntary, painful contractions of muscles in the lower limbs. These cramps usually affect the calves, but can also affect the feet and toes. While they are usually benign, there are some cases when cramps can be an indication of a serious problem, like circulatory disease, diabetes, thyroid disease, parkinson disease, vitamin deficiency, effects of medication, or a pinching of a nerve or nerves in the spine or lower limb. New onset of leg cramps is a good reason to visit a doctor to sort things out and (hopefully) get back to normal sleep. ...Read more
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