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Why Do You Get Charlie Horse Cramps In Leg After Having Back Surgery
Acid buildup: While under anesthesia, the legs are bent and there is a decrease in blood return from the legs. Waste products like Lactic Acid build up. There is a decrease in blood supply and oxygen levels are lower, compounding the problem. After surgery, the legs are straightened, and blood and lymph fluids begin moving. Muscle cramping occurs during this time, when the local pH is low. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Squatted down holding 25 lbs felt cramp in calf now feels like charlie horse happen about 9 hrs ago only getting worse pain radiating up leg now?
Most likely muscle: Pull or tear. However, one of the worrisome things about injuring your calf, when the pain keeps getting worse and worse, is that it could be compartment syndrome. If the calf feels very tight, pale, loose pulses in feet, then get to a doctor. Other possibility is that you herniated a disc and caused a radiculopathy or irritation a nerve from your back. Will also need to see a physician for this. ...Read more
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
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
Sharp pain/cramps in entire leg sometimes. Not a Charlie horse, I usually wake up with it. Similar to growing pains, occurs near ankle up to thigh
My husband recently had been getting charley horse like cramps lately in his right leg. Sometimes even during sex. What does this mean? & why?
You need a doctor: It is impossible to answer your question without examining your husband. The problem could be vascular or muscle cramps. You need to consult a doctor to have this evaluated. ...Read more
Had shin cramps at night. First left leg then both. Eventually subsided. Should I worry about Dvt? This wasn't typical calf Charlie horse.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a loong painful "charley horse" in my calf 2 days ago now I can hardly walk and if I stretch anther cramp tries to start. What can/should I do?
May be a tear: Calf tear can actually result from a prolonged muscle spasm, especially if the was any compromise of the muscle prior to the spasm. If you notice any black and blue changes the tear is confirmed. Do not try to work through the pain. Muscle needs to heal or can lead to chronic problems. If having difficulty walking should be on crutches. See a orthopaedist or sports doc if symptoms persist. ...Read more
Really bad Charley horse in calf two nights ago. Strange quarter sized painful bruise with a knot in it showed up right after the cramp. Why?
Blood clot: You should be evaluated for blood clots in your veins. While the one you can see on the surface usually isn't a problem there can be deep clots that triggered that superficial clot. ...Read more
I wake up frequently with Charley horse, arch cramps, and even cramps that make my ankle go stiff. I take vit d and magnesium and it helps some...
I had a Charlie horse like painful muscle cramp in my hip/thigh 2 days ago. It now hurts to walk and sit. What should I do to make this pain go away?
See a doctor: Without any other information, pain of spontaneous onset caused by simple, low-impact activities such as walking or sitting should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more
My mom had very bad cramps in her ankle during sleeping. Similar to a charlie horse. She woke up & her ankle was red &a little swollen. What is wrong?
Back surgery 12 days ago Discectomy L4/5/S1 to relieve leg pain After 7 days my leg pain worsened daily Excruciating Normal to get worse then better?
I had back surgery 4 yrs ago for scitica but recently my legs get stiff while sitting, driving and sleeping causing burning and sweat in my legs?
Repeat lumbar MRI: You probably had a laminotomy I would guess. The symptoms, eg. Stiffness burning sweating, are atypical for lumbar radiculopathy. Repeat lumbar MRI with contrast to rule out another stenosis situation. Treatment would be an anti-inflammatory like Motrin for 1 month and re-assess. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have legs cramps in my left leg ankle side of calf and thigh. Blood work okay, no meds, had 2 back surgeries. Doctor is stumped. This is not just at night, I stretch.
Leg cramps: Leg cramps can be from many causes. If your doctors are stumped, do not give up trying to find a solution. Perhaps you have a mineral deficiency or nutritional deficiency. Next blood test ask for a electrolye test +magnesium--rbc test, &vitamin d test. If ok with your doc, try daily ca/mg/zinc pills & krill oil capsules 2000 mg per day, & vit. D-3 4000 iu/day. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Knee surgery or back surgery per se do not result in loss of height. But with ageing the loss of the articulate cartilages in the knee and resulting narrowing of the joint may lead. To lessened height. The disc between our vertebra loses water content as we age, this leads to degenerative changes and if combined with vertebral collapse as in compression fractures will lead to loss of height. ...Read more