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Nerve cramps overnight

I get so frightened at the speed in which nerve cramp travels from top of big toe into ankle up the shin and if I can't stop it somehow it feels I'm going to die from rigamortis as its gone into my inner thigh this time to trunk of body. The only thing to help me is if I can get to shower hose the leg it seems to relax the nerves and to drink water but its not immediate. And I'm left with twitching, flickering in legs as if they want to take hold again if I tense in any way. Could this get better if I agree to having a multi level fusion L4/5 S1/2? My surgeon has previously put a wallis implant in L4/5 but I have too much degeneration and that's what I've been told I need. But I'm frightened I could lose my independence and mobility I do have. I'd appreciate comments on what others have done. Thanks.


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    edited 06/20/2013 - 7:18 PM
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  • can be extremely painful, especially in the middle of the night where it almost seems as if you can't get up to try to relieve them.

    Some tips I've found helpful:
    -Take advil or other anti-inflammatory before bed
    -Drink lots of water throughout the day
    -Stretch - but be sure a physical therapist shows you how - I try to stretch 3-5 times per week but used to do the stretches almost nightly.
    -Sleep with a pillow between or under your legs
    -can you ask your doctor if you can borrow or 'purchase' those compression things for your legs that they put on after surgery?
    - where comfortable shoes - I'm a female and if I wear the slightest heel during the day I have issues. I try not to walk around barefoot and also posture during the day is key
    - sit up straight, don't cross your legs
    - Do you have lumbar support in your car? try it. roll up a towel and place by your lower back.

    As for surgery - I can't help you. I've had 2 but not a fusion.
  • I think most spine patients (and I could be wrong) experience the agony of night leg cramps. I did all of the mentioned above things. Also look at your sodium and potassium intake... too little can cause cramping too. I can't suggest enough the stretching throughout the day. I hope some of the suggestions help you!
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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