Shin and Foot Cramping Over Night
I've been diagnosed this past April with Psoriatic Arthritis, that has been responsible for destroying spinal discs for the past 3 to 4 years now according to my Rheumatologist. I have had a L5/S1 fusion in 1991, a C6/C7 Fusion in 2009, a C7 Foraminectomy this past May and many many cortisone injections at different levels (including SI Joints) over the years. I am on Humira, Amitriptylin, Oxycontin, Percocet, Lyrica and Soma in attempts to lessen pain and associated symptoms PLUS I have an implanted Lumbar spinal cord stimulator as of last October. Having said that, for the past 3 to 4 months now, I have been experiencing excruciating nightly cramps in my shins and feet that wake me out of a sound sleep...and often mean the end of my night's sleep because of the pain they leave me in. The ONLY way to relieve them is to get-up and attempt to walk the cramps out, and even when I'm able to do so my shins (especially the left leg) feel as though someone had been repeatedly kicking them so getting back to sleep is next to impossible.
Now my question is, has anyone else experienced this kind of cramping and if so...what have you been able to do in attempt to prevent them from happening?? Any reply and/or advice would be appreciated...my Doc says there all due to the Neuropathy (nerve damage) that I've had and that not much can be done for them.