Just wondering if anyone else here has severe leg cramps at night. They've plagued me for many years and I've yet to find a doctor who can give me a reason for them or offer any solution. They typically hit in the early morning hours while I'm asleep and my whole calf will suddenly go into a full cramp that is literally paralyzing. It jolts me awake and for the first second or two I can't move because it hurts so bad but the pain literally doubles every second I lay there so I have to force myself to leap out of bed and stand on that foot to relieve the pain. Sometimes I have to stand on the foot with my other foot in order to get my heel down on the floor and stretch the calf muscles enough to break the cramp. I'm left with an immediate soreness in the muscles as if I'd just run two miles without being in shape. #o
Frequently, my feet will cramp up painfully during the daytime and I have a hard time getting that cramping to quit, will last for several minutes at times. A friend told me I needed magnesium in my diet and I've been taking it as a supplement for several months now, with good results, but the cramps still happen occasionally and I was wondering if there may be some connection to my back problems. I have diagnosed cervical DDD and arthritis as well as presumed disc herniation at L4-5 (based on an old injury and recurrent leg pain, but no MRI yet). Could there be a connection?
Anybody identify with what I'm saying?
2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled