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Doctor insights on: Potassium And Charlie Horses

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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?

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

Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Potassium (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more


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Charley horse and swollen ankle could it be potassium deficiency?

Charley horse and swollen ankle could it be potassium deficiency?

Could be clot: If charley horse is associating with swelling I would be very concerned about deep venous thrombosis which is highly dangerous and can travel to lungs and cause pulmonary embolism, can be life theretening. Diagnosed with venous ultrasound of leg and treated with blood thinner. Highly recommend to get checked out. ...Read more

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What causes charley horse in calf with steroid use? Could it be potassium deficiency

What causes charley horse in calf with steroid use? Could it be potassium deficiency

What kind of: Steroid use are we talking about? What are the steeds being used for?
Potassium def is a possibility, as is magnesium deficiency aside hydration etc, if this is chronic or persistent you should be evaluated. ...Read more

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I know I have a problem with my thyroid, but I have tried synthroid, (thyroxine) but I think it has to do with potassium deficiency, is that possible for the weight gain, fluid retention, charlie horses,?

I know I have a problem with my thyroid, but I have tried synthroid, (thyroxine) but I think it has to do with potassium deficiency, is that possible for the weight gain, fluid retention, charlie horses,?

Not likely: You have to stop guessing. If you have a thyroid problem and if you were prescribed Synthroid (thyroxine) means you have Hypothyroidism, you have to continue and follow up with your Doctor who prescribed the Synthroid (thyroxine) as you will need repeat blood test to see if you need any dose adjustment.
Pottasium deficiency does not cause weight gain and fluid retention, ask your doctor to check potassium level as well ...Read more

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My potassium level was 3.1 on friday night. I was given 2 horse pills to up my potassium level to 3.5. Will that work?

My potassium level was 3.1 on friday night. I was given 2 horse pills to up my potassium level to 3.5. Will that work?

Low potassium level: If your potassium (K) was 3.1, you need to ask your physician (P), why it low. If you had some K supplement (horse pills?). It may have helped raise your K level. Then again, it may not have. If you are not taking any diuretics, have your P check your magnesium (M) level. Low M levels will cause low K levels which will not correct until your M is normal. Good luck. ...Read more

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Would low potassium cause more than just a cramp/charlie horse in one leg? On nexoum for 8 days and on lisinopril 10mg n hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) 12.5. Should I worry?

Would low potassium cause more than just a cramp/charlie horse in one leg? On nexoum for 8 days and on lisinopril 10mg n hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) 12.5. Should I worry?

Get potassium measur: Low potassium doesn't cause muscle cramps - it can cause tetany and, in extremely low levels, it can cause muscle weakness (called "periodic paralysis"). I suggest you have your potassium measured and then supplement it if it's low. Low potassium is a common cause of cardiac arrhythmias. ...Read more

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I only get charley horses at nightime in both legs at same time. Potassium pills does help?

I only get charley horses at nightime in both legs at same time. Potassium pills does help?

Nutritional support!: Charlie horse's and various nocturnal leg cramps have many causes. Many are nutritional and respond well to supplementation. Potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron will commonly work, if a deficiency exist. Magnesium helps, even if blood levels are normal. Other causes do exist and should be excluded! ...Read more

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What are the causes of charlie horses in your foot?

What are the causes of charlie horses in your foot?

Possibilities: Low potassium or magnesium: poor biomechanics, fatigue. Depends on when you get it. Symptoms at night in bed are often potassium or magnesium deficiency. If symptoms upon weigt bearing activity, then could be due to lack of support. ...Read more

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How do I prevent charlie horses?

How do I prevent charlie horses?

Charley horse: The best way to prevent a charley horse, or muscle cramp, is to stay well hydrated during and after exercise. Also cool down stretching after exercise can prevent cramping later on. ...Read more

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Taking Garcinia Cambogia and Green Coffee Extract and have been getting multiple charlie horses in my legs and foot cramps at night. Why could this be?

Taking Garcinia Cambogia and Green Coffee Extract and have been getting multiple charlie horses in my legs and foot cramps at night. Why could this be?

Malnourishment: It means you are not eating the right or enough calories for your metabolic needs. The diet products you are taking will not ever lead you to any real or lasting weight loss. ...Read more

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Major Charlie horses in feet, front and back of calves, toes even! Nights only. 2 nights now. Taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for cut is only changes. Any ideas?

Major Charlie horses in feet, front and back of calves, toes even! Nights only. 2 nights now. Taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for cut is only changes. Any ideas?

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim): Hi ChrisG18
Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is a sulfa based medication and can cause cramping. You might be able to mitigate them by drinking a glass of tonic water (quinine) at bedtime, but sounds like Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) may be the problem.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I have severe charlie horses. What can I take for this?

I have severe charlie horses. What can I take for this?

Charlie Horse: First, finding out why you are having charlie horses is the next step. Is is a low calcium or potassium problem? A blood sugar problem? A circulation problem? Your physician is a good expert to start with. ...Read more

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I get charlie horses, I was wondering is it normal or common?

I get charlie horses, I was wondering is it normal or common?

Hold those Horses.: Charlie horses are common and in certain circumstance may be considered normal. The spasms are typically the residual effects of over using the leg muscles, particularly in conditions of elevated temperatures. Dehydration and loss of electrolytes are thought to be a contributing factor. They can also be triggered by some medications. You doctor should be able to help you if they persist. ...Read more

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Could you have charlie horses during surgery?

Could you have charlie horses during surgery?

Yes: However if you are unconscious you would not know. ...Read more

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What can I do for massive charlie horses in my feet?

What can I do for massive charlie horses in my feet?

Foot cramps: Electrolyte imbalance and overuse injuries can cause cramping. ...Read more

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How to get rid of charlie horses and pain calls by one

Massage,: Massage, ice, rest may all help.
But be sure it is just stretch and local injury! By good history and exam. ...Read more

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What brings on "charlie horses" in legs at night?

What brings on "charlie horses" in legs at night?

A rude awakening...: The most common reason for calf cramps is dehydration, electrolyte abnormalities, certain medications, and recent excessive muscular activity. Some medications can deplete your potassium or calcium, magnesium levels. Adequate hydration would be the first thing to try. Consider a nightly gin and tonic without the gin… Tonic water contains quinine in small amounts and sometimes works wonders! ...Read more

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With rsd, lupus, chronic edema in feet, I follow with severe, seizing cramps in hands and feet...Like small "charlie horses?!? "

With rsd, lupus, chronic edema in feet, I follow with severe, seizing cramps in hands and feet...Like small "charlie horses?!? "

Decreased oxygen: With the rsd, lupus and chronic edema this would naturally lead to some kind of compromise of blood flow to the feet. When the blood flow is diminished, this will decrease the amount of oxygen to the feet and hands while building up Lactic Acid that leads to your charlie horses/cramps. See your doctor for treatment options. ...Read more

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Scared to exercise because of charlie horses. What can I do to prevent them?

Scared to exercise because of charlie horses. What can I do to prevent them?

Charlie horses: Stretch adequately before, durin, and after your exercise. Stay well hydrated. Eat a banana or orange. These tips can less charlie horses. ...Read more

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I have had extreme musle spasms or charlie horses on both inner parts of my thighs from my knee to my crotch?

Seek help: Common causes for cramps or muscle pain are due to medication side effects or electrolyte imbalance. Heavy physical exertion can cause cramp also. Are you taking any medication currently? I advise you to see your primary doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes feet and leg cramps or charlie horses?

Muscle cramps: May be brought on by many conditions or activities. Here is a few: dehydration, medications side effects and medical conditions (arterial disease, kidney disease and multiple sclerosis). See your doctor for investigation, tests and treatment if needed. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes inner thigb charley horse?

Probably groin muscl: It's probably the adductor muscle group. Drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement fluids. Stretch the affected muscle group. ...Read more

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What causes you to get a charley horse?

Exertion, 'lytes: Charley horse is another term for muscle cramp. It has many possible causes, and can often be caused by intense or prolonged muscle activity. Charley horses are more likely to occur when a person is dehydrated or deficient in certain electrolytes such as potassium, calcium, or magnesium. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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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Klorvess (Definition)

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