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Cramping/Spasms in Calf & Foot - L5 Radiculopathy

I had a laminectomy and discectomy at L5/S1 two years ago. At that time my dr. also discovered I have a conjoined nerve root at the L5 level on the right side. A lot of my symptoms have gone away since the surgery, but a year ago I developed severe cramping and spasms down the outside of my calves and in my feet - primarily on the right side but occasionally on the left as well. They occur primarily at night and wake me up, but also happen at night when i am relaxing on the sofa. I can actually watch my feet and calf pulsate and then cramp. My toes go in all sorts of different directions, and the pain and cramps only go away if I stand up (very carefully!) and try and walk around. After yet another consult with an orthopaedic spine surgeon yesterday, I was told that this is just something I have to deal with, and this dr. felt that a fusion at this level was not worth doing since the probability of it helping my problems was low. I have had nerve root injections with no success, and have taken a wide variety of medications (baclofen, klonopin, lyrica, cymbalta, robaxin, toradol, neurontin, etc.) with no great success either. Does anyone have any suggestions for helping these symptoms go away and/or learning to live with a chronic problem? I used to sleep like an absolute rock, and when these episodes occur I'll be up 2 and 3 times during the night for a week or so before they go away. The thought of living with this the rest of my life (I'm only 48) is a bit disheartening.


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