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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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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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What is the cause of charley horse on the foot when people swim?

What is the cause of charley horse on the foot when people swim?

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, as could occur during swimming. 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

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I've been using Vuse vape pen...foot tingling sending tingles up leg into hip causing charley horse is this being cause by nicotine use?

I've been using Vuse vape pen...foot tingling sending tingles up leg into hip causing charley horse is this being cause by nicotine use?

Possibly: Could be result of nicotine but sounds like some type of neurologic issue, perhaps trauma to nerve, dehydration or radiculopathy. First step is to cut back or stop vape use ...Read more

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When I point my toes or stretch my legs, my calfs get horrible charlie horses, what should I do?

When I point my toes or stretch my legs, my calfs get horrible charlie horses, what should I do?

Loss of cell energy: When there is no energy the muscle cramps due to exhaustion - need co-q 10 supplements, carnitine and glutamine. If this continues it is a sign of sarcopenia early sign of muscle loss - check my youtube video on this subject
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I have been getting charlie horses that wake me up out of my sleep, in the front of my leg (shin) & in the ankle, it Iitterally makes my big toe bend?

I have been getting charlie horses that wake me up out of my sleep, in the front of my leg (shin) & in the ankle, it Iitterally makes my big toe bend?

Charlie horses: Hello ULange, the quick answer is eat a banana but that is an over simplification. Cramps can be the result of electrolyte abnormalities and so you should go see your doctor to have your electrolytes checked. Bananas are good for low potassium but low calcium, sodium, magnesium or other metabolic derangement can cause those same symptoms. Good luck. ...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 am having charlie horses on the top of my foot running up my shin at night. What is causing this?

I am having charlie horses on the top of my foot running up my shin at night. What is causing this?

Several posibilities: The most likely is that you are sleeping in some position in which the muscles, because of lack of movement, or pressure on them from bedclothing, are stressed and cramping. Loosen up the bedclothes and change the position in which you sleep and see if that helps. If not, and you have any risks for vascular disease, see a doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am getting charlie horses at night on the the top of my foot running up to my shin, waht coymd be causing this?

I am getting charlie horses at night on the the top of my foot running up to my shin, waht coymd be causing this?

Several posibilities: The most likely is that you are sleeping in some position in which the muscles, because of lack of movement, or pressure on them from bedclothing, are stressed and cramping. Loosen up the bedclothes and change the position in which you sleep and see if that helps. If not, and you have any risks for vascular disease, see a doctor. Good luck. ...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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What causes charlie horses?

What causes charlie horses?

Hmmm: Tough question. Several theories. Lack of movement can sometimes contribute. It also maybe related to calcium and magnesium imbalances. Make sure you are taking supplements if you are prone to them. ...Read more

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What are causes of "charlie-horses"?

What are causes of "charlie-horses"?

Many reasons: Muscle fatigue, circulation problems, dehydration, potassium deficiency are a few reasons. See your physician. ...Read more

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What would cause charley horse pain on both sides in ribs?

What would cause charley horse pain on both sides in ribs?

Not enough info!: How long have you had this? Have you overexerted? Do you have cough or cold symptoms? Are you short of breath? If you have pain with every breath, get seen now. Otherwise ask again with a little more detail. There is a 150 character limit so keep it short but complete. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause charlie horses and leg swelling?

Is there anything that can cause charlie horses and leg swelling?

Over use?: Charlie horse or cramp would be a reaction to too much Lactic Acid built up in muscle, and can be a reaction to over use. The swelling I am not sure about, so a visit to your md is advisable. ...Read more

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Can a charley horse cause your CPK level to be elevated?

Muscle enzyme: CPK elevations are seen in muscle disease, acute cardiac events, muscle trauma (rhabdomyolysis) but also, in weight lifters, and marathon runners. So, can be rather serious or benign. Perhaps, a severe localized cramp could cause enough muscle trauma to raise the level modestly, but, if significantly up, need to test further and uncover the etiology. ...Read more

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What would cause a neck to get a feeling like it was a charley horse?

What would cause a neck to get a feeling like it was a charley horse?

Cervical joints: Joint in the cervical spine are prone to arthritis and that may be causing the feeling. Try warm compresses and over the counter pain relief. If that does not help, it would be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes charley horse pain in ribs on both sides?

See your physician: You need to see your physician. This could either be on top of the chest wall in the muscle or what we call costrochonditis or to be within the lung and be pleurisy, in the lung tissue, or other structures there. This is not a simple evaluation, need to have the guidance of your physician ...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

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What causes swelling in lower back and limited range of motion in the shoulder area as well as Charlie horses?

What causes swelling in lower back and limited range of motion in the shoulder area as well as Charlie horses?

Muscle: Muscle strain. These vague symptoms could relate to muscular strain from repetitive movements or an injury, Rest, ice, heat alternating every 15 minutes may help. If no please see your physician. ...Read more

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What causes muscle spasms and charlie horses in legs all day and all night?

What causes muscle spasms and charlie horses in legs all day and all night?

Muscle spasm: This may be a mineral or vitamin deficiency or side effect of some medication or nutritional deficiency. You need to see your doctor to sort this out and help you. ...Read more

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Can a "charley horse " cause a pulled muscle? What's the best treatment for "charley horses."

Can a "charley horse " cause a pulled muscle? What's the best treatment for "charley horses."

Yes it could: But it is not very common.
Relief is usually given by either massaging or stretching the foot, ankle or knee in the opposite direction of the spasm.
Sport medicine advice suggests that dietary deficiency of potassium, found richly in bananas and many vegetables, is a common cause of these spasms. ...Read more

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What causes extreme charley horse pain on shin? Combined with sweating and nausea?

What causes extreme charley horse pain on shin? Combined with sweating and nausea?

Muscle cramps: This can range from muscle fatigue if you are a runner. This usually resolves with a short period of rest 1-2 weeks and changing shoes.

But if associated with nausea and sweating could indicate dehydration. If you have abdominal cramps associated you should see your primary physician or goto the emergency room. ...Read more

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What causes a charley horse? I got one in each leg this morning and can barely walk now! Muscles are very sore.

What causes a charley horse? I got one in each leg this morning and can barely walk now! Muscles are very sore.

Many causes: If nothing changed in daily life- no new work outs, not pregnant- then often it is mineral shortage. Get some calcium, potassium in a system. Get multivitamins, eat a banana, drink milk, cheese. ...Read more

Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more