My husband had a disc removal and fusion (L4/L5) one month ago. The sciatic pain has reduced considerably and the area of the operation is good. The problem is that he has a new pain which is worse than the original pain. He gets horrible cramps and spasms in the calf muscles of both legs. It is especially bad at night. Some days it will go away completely but other days it lingers.
Does anyone else know what causes this and/or how to get rid of it?? The surgeon and rehab staff all said it is unusual and they don't know what it is and that the scans look fine. We thought it might be getting better at one stage but it's back with a vengeance. We know it is early in recovery but this doesn't seem right. It feels as though we have tradded in for a pain worse than what we started with. Help!