Previously published in Examiner
Conclusion of the Charley Horse series
When to seek Medical Help
If cramping is reoccurring especially at night is important to see your doctor, who will take a medical history, physical exam, and run some blood tests to determine your electrolyte and potassium levels. The doctor will then suggest what to do based on his or her findings.
Think you got it all figured out?
Guess again! Dr. Steven Subotnick, D.P.M., a sports podiatrist in Hayward, California, and author of Sports and Exercise Injuries says the opposite. He says a Charley horse and a leg cramp are different. The leg cramp comes on gradually and is mostly the result of not enough blood supplied to the muscle. He says it usually occurs in the elderly.
He goes on to say that a Charley horse “comes more suddenly and isn’t necessarily related to physical activity or using the muscle,”
But wait there is more, Dr. Hersh says, “heat treatment is not recommended initially for a Charley horse. Applying warmth can cause swelling or bring more blood to the muscle, which could increase the likelihood of calcification.”
Dr. Subotnick, suggests taking either Vitamin E (but not for more than two weeks) or magnesium would help relieve the pain. He says a good source of magnesium comes from fish, especially halibut and mackerel, tofu, spinach, pumpkin seeds, and rice bran
He does agree with a massage of the affected muscle though.
So there you have it, This examiner knew she had a Charley horse, because of the sudden pain but what caused it or how to avoid it is still up for grabs. One last thing, it wouldn’t hurt eating if she ate more fish!
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