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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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Charley Horse (Definition)

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


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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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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 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 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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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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Persistan upper back cramp that started suddenly last night. Like a charlie horse between my shoulder blades. This is the second time its happened.

Shoulder blade pain: It is tough to know exactly what this is. Sometimes a pinched nerve in the neck can refer to the area between the shoulder blades. A charlie horse type feeling can also be muscle spasm in the muscles between the shoulder blade. It should resolve. If it does not, i recommend that you see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to relieve the pain when I wake up with a Charlie horse in my calf? I don't know how to stop it from cramping.

Is there anything I can do to relieve the pain when I wake up with a Charlie horse in my calf?  I don't know how to stop it from cramping.

Hmm..Calf Pain...: Pain in the calf, for what ever reason, needs to investigated, especially is it is realized at night. This pain can be generated by a multitude of conditions but the one to be concerned with is impeded blood flow to the leg. An experienced clinician can make that appraisal easily during an initial exam. You can use Healthtap or your own physician to start the ball rolling. ...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