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Why am I getting a charlie horse in the middle of the night?

Once in a while I wake up with a sudden charlie horse in the middle of the night. What is the cause of this? It's so painful but it only happens to one leg, around my calf area. After I get the charlie horse, my calf gets super tense and sore till the following morning which affects my running.

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Asked by nkleintank at 10:44 PM on Jul. 12, 2008 in Health

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  • Dehydration and lack of potassium. Drink gatorade, and more water.

    Answer by Anna_2250 at 10:58 PM on Jul. 12, 2008

  • Yep, Anna's right..lack of potassium, eating banana's and asparagus helps too.

    Answer by s.c.a.r.l.e.t. at 11:39 PM on Jul. 12, 2008

  • Ditto to the above! That happened to me when I was overworking my muscles.

    Answer by Beks at 1:10 AM on Jul. 13, 2008

  • that happened with my 1st 2 pregnancies, I am in my 5th month & luckily haven't had any yet...BANANAS!!! lots of them will help! Also point your toes up & towards your head, this will help stretch it out! Good luck

    Answer by koodie78 at 1:35 AM on Jul. 13, 2008

  • yes it depends on the vitamens

    Answer by Patience1 at 4:49 AM on Jul. 13, 2008

  • My husband and myself would get them really bad every night, so bad we couldn't sleep ....... The best thing is tonic water, you can add a lemon or lime to it. Just drink a small glass (juice glass) before you go to bed everynight. they will stop promise!!!!!

    Answer by bunco at 5:14 AM on Jul. 13, 2008

  • Also try magnesium,this has helped me immensely!

    Answer by MarGeee at 5:21 PM on Jul. 14, 2008

  • Everybody is telling you bananas but if you get to much potassium and can cause the same problem! Go to the doc and have him/her check your enzyme levels!

    Answer by confused0701 at 10:53 AM on Jul. 16, 2008

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