What Causes a Charley Horse

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 13th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3d7lw117/
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If you ever experienced a Charlie horse you will know exactly what I am talking about,What makes a Charlie horse different from a leg cramp?

What causes a Charley horse?

We started this mini series with the story of how I experienced a very painful Charley horse while having my birthday supper in a restaurant with my boyfriend several years back.

What causes leg cramps or a Charley horse?

Medical researchers have yet to determine the actual cause of these leg cramps but there are some risk factors that are believed to contribute to them. Which are:

Excess weight
Muscle fatigue
Extensive or heavy exercising
Dehydration
Electrolyte imbalances
Certain medications such as Prednisone and Statins
Age: most common in adolescents and the elderly

Doctor Cluett states that, "the most common cause that is typically seen in patients who develop leg cramps is exercising in an unusual way, meaning either exercising more than usual or doing a different exercise."


If you take into consideration the fact that I previously mentioned I, had not left my house since November and it was now March when the Charley horse occurred, yes that could be considered exercise.

Also people who weigh more also like me are prone to leg cramps. However,I fall short of the age factor.I was not anywhere near 65 at the time.

How to prevent leg cramps or the Charley horse:

How to prevent leg cramps or the Charley horse:

Stay hydrated
Stretch your muscles (this will help relax the muscles)
Gradually increase your exercise.
Never go from nothing to everything.

Dr. Cluett suggests the "10% rule", gradually increase your exercising by 10% more than the week before or else you may end up with a Charley horse.

How can you help make the Charley horse or leg cramp go away?

How can you help make the Charley horse or leg cramp go away?

Massage the muscle
Gently stretch the muscle
Take a hot bath or shower

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The Sharp Sudden Pain of a Charley Horse

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Retired
14th May 2015 (#)

Do I get Charley horses? You betcha! Especially while watching too much TV with my legs up on a hassock for too long. Very painful. I walk it off until the pain goes away.

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author avatar spirited
14th May 2015 (#)

I was thinking you were taking the charley, sorry that should be mickey out of us here, but reading this, it's really nothing to laugh about.

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author avatar Carol Roach
14th May 2015 (#)

I don't understand your comment, taking the charley?

mickey?

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author avatar spirited
14th May 2015 (#)

"Taking the Mickey (Mickey Bliss, Cockney rhyming slang) or taking the Michael is another term for making fun of someone. These terms are most widely used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia."

This was a joking comment because the name of this cramp seemed unbelievable. I thought you were initially leading us up the garden path is another similar expression.

I was trying to make a humorous comment.

I didn't realise that most humour is so locally based, and if these expressions are not known, they are lost on other people.

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author avatar Michellekidwell1977
14th May 2015 (#)

I know the pain of a Charley horse all to well it happens often to me because of an underlying medical issue...

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author avatar Legend
14th May 2015 (#)

informative and well written - a good share, thanks!

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author avatar Retired
14th May 2015 (#)

Great information.

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