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Crazy Spasms in Right Leg and Right Arm... Read on...

aintongaaintong Posts: 2
edited 10/01/2014 - 11:47 AM in Chronic Pain
I had Spinal Fusion/ Instrumentation surgery about 6 months ago on my L5/L6 and I was very close (as my doc described AFTER my surgery) to being paralyzed. I had/have numbness in my leg and nearly could not walk. Surgery is done and so is Therapy. Walking better, still have a bad limp, but I have been told that time and exercise will help with that. BUT...

In my right leg and often my right hand... I get a very odd spams/tremble when I get up from resting/sitting/laying down. The best way I can describe the feeling is as follows: Imagine when you get up in the morning and have your first stretch... It is a fairly powerful feeling that kind of seizes your body for a moment. Lock on to that "Stretch" feeling. That is the overwhelming feeling I get in my leg every time I get up from a relaxed position only It's WAY more intense than the morning stretch and completely involuntary. Sometimes, when I get up, I have to stand still for a moment before I can walk.

Sometimes this comes along with a tremble in my leg and right hand.

It is not necessarily painful. It is, however, extremely uncomfortable and debilitating when it happens. I am not really taking anything for pain at the moment. Some Tylenol Naproxen when I feel the need.

I have seen different postings on spasms and such, but I never see a description that matches exactly my symptoms.

So, As I have described it above, has anyone else experienced this? Did you find a way to alleviate and or get rid of these "spasms"??

Thanks for any replies. I am slowly getting better... Now I want to get well.
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  • I have the same feeling in my left leg. I have never been able to describe what it feels like until I saw your post. I unfortunately have yet to find a way to remedy it. I am so sorry that you are dealing with this as well!!!!!
    L5-S1 Emergency PLIF Revision May 26th 2015
    L5-S1 PLIF May 22nd 2015.
    L5-S1 Discectomy Feb 27th 2015.
    L5-S1 Discectomy Oct 30th 2014.
    Ashley
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,892

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Clarinetgirl said:
    I have the same feeling in my left leg. I have never been able to describe what it feels like until I saw your post. I unfortunately have yet to find a way to remedy it. I am so sorry that you are dealing with this as well!!!!!
    Thanks for your reply and I am glad my description was good enough to explain what I feel. What is funny is some days it is so mild, almost not present but most days it's quite present! I hope that you/we find a way to make this better if, possible. I am going to be reading this site to see anything that that may help to alleviate this.

    I have not taken Vicodin for 2-3 months. The doc prescribed me Baclafen and Gabapentin. The Baclafen is good, but that prescription is done. The Gabapentin seems to work sometimes, but other times I feel it makes it worse. I am ending my "recovery" faze of this process and have to force myself into Working out and losing the 20 lbs I gained over the last six months and get back to work. I just wish I could understand what this feeling is. Do I live with it?? Is there a therapy for it?? My doctors do NOT come close to understanding it because they use the party line "Wait and see".

    I hope if you find something you will post it here and I will do the same.
  • Or did you taper off it? Those symptoms you describe may be related to the stopping of the baclofen if you did not taper off the medication.
    How long has this been going on?
  • ClarinetgirlCClarinetgirl Posts: 188
    edited 10/03/2014 - 9:03 AM
    If I find something that helps me I will be sure to post it here! I pray you feel better soon!!!!
    L5-S1 Emergency PLIF Revision May 26th 2015
    L5-S1 PLIF May 22nd 2015.
    L5-S1 Discectomy Feb 27th 2015.
    L5-S1 Discectomy Oct 30th 2014.
    Ashley
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