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what causes charley horses

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My husband get charlie(sp) horses all the time. He also gets sharp pains in his legs. We have a catering business and he is on his legs often.
Submitted: 12 years ago.
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Expert:  erthgoddss replied 12 years ago.
According to what I found on http://www.healthcentral.com/mhc/top/003193.cfm

Common causes:

muscle fatigue
heavy exercise
dehydration

There may be other causes of muscle spasms. This list is not all inclusive, and the causes are not presented in order of likelihood. The causes of this symptom can include unlikely diseases and medications. Furthermore, the causes may vary based on age and gender of the affected person, as well as on the specific characteristics of the symptom such as location, quality, time course, aggravating factors, relieving factors, and associated complaints. Use the Symptom Analysis option to explore the possible explanations for muscle spasms, occurring alone or in combination with other problems

Hope this helps!

Expert:  guyRN replied 12 years ago.
Muscle spasms are not uncommon in someone who is on their feet all day. I spend about 12hrs. a day on mine, so I know what a pain [literally] they can be. Things that can precipitate muscle spasms include obesity, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, primarily potassium and calcium and just plain over doing it. Adequate hydration and nutrition will help as will putting the feet up to stop venous pooling in the feet. If he has this problem frequently, then a trip to the Dr. for a checkup couldnt hurt just to make sure his blood work and electrolytes are ok. Hope this helps. :-]
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