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Disc Protrusion,

zoe_maniczzoe_manic Posts: 1
Hi, im 30 years old and at the age of 28 was diagnosed with a disc protrusion (L5), impinging on the sciatic nerve and severe spinal stenosis. I was in a lot of pain and could barely walk from my car to the house,l it affected my life badly.

I had 2 spinal injections that didnt help and finally went on amitriptyline which helped a lot. Im off the amitriptyline now and until recently had no pain other than calf cramps in the affected leg.

I'm now 14 weeks pregnant and have been told me the pain may worsen throughout the pregnancy. I have started experiencing severe calf cramps at night and was wondering if anyone had any advice for me? The cramps are agonising and leave the muscle really sore the next day

I'm also worried about giving birth as i can't stretch my leg or tense the muscle at all without agonising cramp :(

Has anyone been in the same situation or have any advice?


  • Zoe, please try a massage therapist and request specifically a "deep tissue massage". This should help loosen up your calf muscles. Also, get a foot rocker that you can use to stretch your calf on your own but standing up. But try the deep tissu massage therapy first. Might take a few sessions but worth it. Hope this helps!! God be with you.
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