Ever since my lumbar fusion almost 18 months ago, I have had very broken sleep. I sleep for a couple of hours, then wake and need to re-position myself or get up and take a walk before going back to bed to try and get comfortable again.
For the last year, in addition to my back aching, I have also been having awful aching arms that I just can't seem to get comfortable. I believe that this is due to cervical spondylosis causing pressure on my nerve roots and spinal cord. I have aching arms during the day too, but at night it troubles me far worse. I also get the usual tingling, occassional numbness and pains in my hands.
My legs and feet have now joined in! Some nights, I can't get to sleep at all due to pain and aching all over. If I get up and walk, I feel much better, but I want to sleep!!
My legs now just feel so uncomfortable. I think what I am suffering with is like Restless Leg Syndrome. It is driving me crazy and makes me feel like crying with frustration.
I also get a strange stiffening / spasming in my legs and feet mostly, but also around my abdomen. This happens as I am starting to move as I wake in the early morning, but also if I have been sitting for a long time (over an hour).
Has anyone got any ideas of what I can do to help please?
I get up in the night, walk around the house, do some leg stretches. I also find that my legs feel very hot, so I don't have any covers on and just have a sheet handy in case I start to get cold. I have tried turning round in the bed and putting my feet up on the wall to try to get the blood to drain out. (I know, sounds crazy but that is what my instinct tells me to do.) While we were on holiday, I did find that taking a cool shower helped for a while, but I can't keep doing that during the night!!
I would really value any ideas!