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Why Do Some People Get a Charley Horse?

muscle cramps

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  • A muscle cramp in your calf muscle is known as a charley horse in North America
  • A charley horse may be caused by low levels of magnesium, potassium or calcium
  • Dehydration, poor circulation in your legs, strenuous exercise and certain medications may also trigger a charley horse

By Dr. Mercola

A charley horse, or muscle cramp particularly in your calf muscles, is an incredibly common condition that results in your muscles becoming tight, stiff and extremely painful. If you're an adult, there's a good chance you've had one at some point (and likely multiple points) during your lifetime.


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