I have a 4mm bulge at L5-S1 and have had 3 ESIs and 1 set of facet injections. The treatment has spanned the entire length of my spine from Cervical to Lumbar.
My last ESI was in July, but escalation of pain and spasms has prompted me to return to my PM doc to ask for another ESI. It is approved; however, I'm a bit curious about a new set of symptoms.
Over the past several weeks (coinciding with my escalation in pain levels from an average of a 5.5 to an 8 daily), I have gotten serious muscle cramps (not spasms like my back, but like a charlie horse) in my glutes, calves and feet. This is REALLY annoying and nagging at me.
Has anybody suffered from cramping in the lower extremities with an increase in pain? If so, what did you do to get them to subside. I've been using Lidoderm patches on my back, vicodin and Baclofen (muscle relaxer), and external rubs for muscle pain. Would you go to the doc or stick it out until the next ESI (in 2 weeks)?