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Posted on Thu, 24 Aug 2017 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: What causes a charley horse? What should be done for it or to prevent it?
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Answered by Dr. Gopal Goel 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Could be osteoporosis or spinal canal Stenosis.

Detailed Answer:
Hi I am Dr Gopal Goel Orthopedic Surgeon.
Charley Horse - Cramps has many causes. At your age, most common causes would be Spinal canal stenosis or osteoporosis. I suggest you get MRI of L S Spine and a Dexa scan to assess the osteoporosis.
Treatment and prevention would depend on the diagnosis. However I suggest you take pain killers and Vit D supplementation ASAP.
Thanx for the question. Please feel free to ask any other question.
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