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Post-Microdisectomy Spasms

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
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My daughter, 22, had microdisectomy to remove a large piece of herniated disk from L-5 2 weeks ago today (12/6). Immediately after the surgery, her sciatica pain was gone and she was able to walk without a limp.

Six days after surgery she stopped taking the pain meds for the incision pain. That night she was awakened by sever muscle cramps in her arms and legs. They lasted for 2 hours before the Flexeril and Oxycodone put her to sleep.

This has happened every day but one since then - usually after she has fallen asleep. Sometimes the spasms (cramps) come in both legs nd arms; sometimes in one or another.

Preceding the surgery, when her sciatica was very bad, she experienced this on two separate occasions.

This only seems to occur when she is lying down resting (twice) and again between 12:30-2:30 a.m.

The surgeon said that he had to move the nerve around more than he wanted to in order to get all the disc pieces out; he was pleased that she reported no numbness in her legs or feet.

Is it possible that this is a nerve-related (irritation, etc.) phenomenon?

Thanks,
deano

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Comments

  • Good to hear your daughter has had a successful surgery, I underwent the same op in Jan08 and am very pleased with the result. I had the night cramp on a couple of occassions in my left leg (the leg where all the nerve pain was originally), and I put it down to being able to get into a much deeper sleep than I could pre-op because I was no longer in nerve pain and my muscles had a chance to relax for the first time in a long time.

    I have no idea if this makes any sense and it isn't something that a Dr told me, just my own theory. The night cramp went after a few weeks and never came back.

    I hope your daughter continues to make good progress, I found pilates very helpful several months post op.

    Take care

    Cheeka
  • That is a very, very, very common occurrence post Microdiscectomy or regular Discectomy. Anytime a nerve is compressed and then decompressed, it can go haywire. In turn, your muscles tend to tense up in reaction to it. I had the same things happened to me after my MicroD in May 08. I wouldn't worry at all unless she gets any numbness and extreme weakness. Once she starts physical therapy I'm sure it will make a big difference. Also, has she asked about a nerve pain medication like Lyrica, Neurontin, or Pamelor? That might be worth a shot. I am also 22. Had my MicroD a week after I turned 22.
  • Why would you suggest a nerve pain medication when the issue being asked about is muscle spasm?

    "C"
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