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My legs do get charley horses but I haven't had for a while but I get them in my arms sometimes and they really hurt I told the Dr but today I had one what can I do

By Anonymous August 16, 2017 - 5:41am
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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER.

A muscle cramp, or charley horse, can be caused by

inadequate blood flow to the muscle
muscle injuries
exercising in excessive heat or cold
overuse of a specific muscle during exercise
stress, most often in the neck muscles
not stretching before exercise
nerve compression in the spine
taking diuretics, which can lead to low potassium levels
mineral depletion, too little calcium , potassium, and sodium in the blood

The treatment for charley horses depends on their underlying cause. If a charley horse is exercise-induced, simple stretches and massages can help relax the muscle and stop it from contracting. Heating pads can accelerate the relaxation process, while an ice pack can help numb the pain. If your muscle is still sore, your doctor may recommend a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen.


August 16, 2017 - 6:51am
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