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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Charley Horse (Definition)

Charley horse is a sudden painful spasm and ...Read more


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I keep getting Charlie horse type cramping and pain on the right side of my abdomen. What would cause that?

I keep getting Charlie horse type cramping and pain on the right side of my abdomen. What would cause that?

Gallbladder/spasm: I suggest immediate ER evaluation- mat be gallstones, inflammed gallblader or intestinal cramping- no matter what: GO DIRECTLY TO THE ER OR UC CLINIC ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause charlie horse like cramping under and behind right ribs?

Can a hiatal hernia cause charlie horse like cramping under and behind right ribs?

Yes: Large hiatal hernias can also cause the sensation of pressure, such as trying to pass air from one part of a twisted balloon to the other. An upper GI contrast study and consultation with your doctor would be a good starting point. You should also make sure your heart is ok. ...Read more

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Pregnant and waking up with charlie horse cramps that lock my foot in a painful pointed position.What causes this and how can I stop it?

Dehydration: Most commonly pesky charlie horses occur during sleeping hours and frequently wake people from sleep. Drink plenty of water and keep a glass at the bedside for just such an occasion. Some people also swear by supplementing their calcium and magnesium which are very important in the chemical precess involved with muscle spasms. ...Read more

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Can cervical disc buldge in c4-c6 with narrowing cause upper back pain cramp radiating to chest and left arm? Pain in back is like charlie horse.

Absolutely : Yes, a disc problem in the neck can cause neck pain, headaches, and pain or numbness that runs into the arm. I would not hesitate to be seen for an accurate diagnosis and to discuss treatment options. ...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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How do you stop getting "charlie horse" cramps when you are sleeping?

How do you stop getting "charlie horse" cramps when you are sleeping?

Sleep-related cramps: If you are getting them nightly then first and foremost you should speak to your pcp regarding checking your electrolytes as imbalances in your potassium, calcium, and/or magnesium levels can cause muscle cramps. If this is not the case then you could try taking a glass of tonic water (without gin or vodka preferably) at bedtime as the small amount of quinine in tonic water helps to prevent cramps. ...Read more

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When I stand up from sitting, or bending while sitting, I get a charlie horse feeling in my ovary area, and I can hardley move, like a twisting cramp?

When I stand up from sitting, or bending while sitting, I get a charlie horse feeling in my ovary area, and I can hardley move,  like a twisting cramp?

Pain: If the pain feels like its about an inch below your skin, its more likely to be a abdominal wall or inguinal neuritis. Try a heating pad over the area and if it takes the edge off its not your ovaries. Muscle spasm also possible. If its a neuritis a trigger point injection will help. ...Read more

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How can I relieve the "charley horse" kind of cramp?

Several ideas: Most (not all) of these cramps are caused by: exercise without stretching afterward, not drinking enough water during the day, not enough magnesium, calcium or potassium (in that order). If they continue in spite of correcting these, please see your doctor to make sure there is nothing scary going on. But over 95% of muscle cramps respond to correcting these things. ...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