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Strong spasms in legs???

jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,372
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Spinal Stenosis

I was wondering if anyone else suffers with spasms in their legs, and if so, do you know what is causing them?

I seem to get them in the morning as I start to move while still in bed. I can only describe it as feeling like I am stretching my legs, but they are doing it themselves. When it happens, my feet draw inwards and sideways into a strange position. I also notice that my back arches slightly and I also feel tightening in my lower abdomen. It just seems to do it once or twice while I am in bed.

Then when I am having breakfast, if I get up to go and pour a cup of tea (for instance) I get them again while I am standing still. Again in my thighs and lower abdomen. Once I get moving for the day, I don't generally get them again, although I have got them after sitting for a long time, when I first get up. I wouldn't say that it is painful, but it is very noticeable and the muscles tighten strongly.


I have just read that spasms in the legs can be a symptom of cervical spinal stenosis, so I am posting it here.

I hope that someone else out there know what I am talking about.



  • Leg issues can and do happen with cervical spine issues. Many of us with myelopathy get those strange feelings often. Some will tell you once they had surgery their leg issues stopped, though. But of course there can be other things causing that such as low vitamin D levels or a potassium level or many other things as well. It is important to let your doctor diagnose the issue and where it is coming from. If it is myelopathy it won't show on a EMG study. But the reflexes will be off. But sense your also a lumbar patient it is important they diagnose where they are coming from. If it continues for say longer than a week or so I wouldn't definitely seek out some medical advice as to the cause of it.
  • for your response.

    I have been getting these tightening spasms for a few months. I have mentioned that I am getting various neurological symptoms to the neurosurgeon I saw at the beginning of April, but didn't get a chance to explain this symptom.

    I am not being seen again for my neck until October, when they want me to have a full spine MRI and flexion and extension x-rays.

    I was diagnosed with low Vitamin D and calcium levels about 3 months ago and have been taking a supplement to deal with this. The calcium is back to normal levels again, but I am still taking the supplement and have been told that I will probably have to keep taking it. I had wondered if the spasms and cramping along with lots of tingles could be due to low calcium, but I am still getting all of these, even now. I had really hoped that I was going to get some answers when I saw the neurosurgeon, and was very disappointed that I just ended up with even more questions.

    On the lumbar side of things, I haven't had my 12 month follow up yet because I was referred in January for an MRI scan of that. It seemed to make sense to wait until I had the latest scans. The scan has finally come through and is tomorrow. Once I have got the results of that, I can make my 12 month appointment and hopefully he will tell me that I am fused (not been told that yet, but I think I must be by now).

    I assume that it will be ok to wait until 20 June to tell someone about these leg spasms. I am seeing another spine specialist then to have an opportunity to discuss my neck and the diagnosis of cervical cord compression. My consultation with the neurosurgeon left a lot to be desired, mostly due to him concentrating on the 2 medical students that were present. He didn't even do a full neurological examination of me. I did have some hyperrelexia. I was left with even more questions than I had before seeing him and am not sure what their intensions are for me while I wait until October for my next appointment.

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