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Muscle Spasms

lvee0874llvee0874 Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi All,

I had a L4-L5 discectomy Dec 7, 2007. I am healing very nicely, some days I don't even have pain! Mostly, I am a bit stiff after sleeping every morning, but the ice pack on my commute solves that issue. I have been extremly careful with no twisting since the surgery (doc says 1 year with np bending, twisting or heavy lifting) the bending I'm working on, but I have to remind myself it's not advised. So, all in all, I am getting better.

Here's my problem. About every 3-4 weeks (has been happening since surgery) I get this horrible muscle spasm in my lower back. It kills me! There is nothing I can seem to do to get it to go away except wait. It basically paralyzes me from lower rib cage to knees. I can't sit, lay, stand or sleep. Just bawl like a two yr old!

My doc (surgeon) tells me I just have to deal with it. Not the solution I was looking for. I cannot seem to convince a doc anywhere that I am NOT a pill junkie (no one will give me anything more than an asprin).

I don't know how to cope with these days. Any suggestions that may help this spasm go away? I use ice, heat and sit in the hut tub - nothing has helped.


  • Been there/done that. Try soaking in an epson salt bath- as hot as you can.
  • Your doctor won't prescribe ANYTHING? not even a mild muscle relaxant? I would just tell your PM or PCP or NS that hey I'm having alot pain and I need something.....nobody should have to suffer in pain!

  • No doctor I have seen will give me anything! I have been to my regular doc (they treat me as if I have "girlie" issues (one told me it isn't by back but it is my ovaries!!), and even after the surgery they still think it was not related to my disc). I have been to the spine institute and they just give me a script for arthritis, which I clearly don't have. My surgeon says he does not belive in meds, and that the spasms are just something I will need to deal with for the rest of my life, even though they don't know why I am getting them.

    Everywhere I look, I keep seeing the "manage pain with no meds" pitch line. I had a herniated disc with begining DDD for a year and a half before the surgery, with no meds. The only time I got meds was 15 vicodin when I had the discectomy. I travel for work and the airplanes about kill me. One doc told me to stay home if that was the case! I have a very high pain tolarance, but those spasms take the wind right out of my sails.

    I feel, sometimes, when I am in an exam room with tears running down my face begging for a pill or a shot or a nerve block, that they truly think I am a pill junkie looking to score. I have been turned away so many times, I am now looking for relief in another form. I don't drink, but I may have to start once every 3-4 weeks if this keeps up!
  • You may want to cut the ice.It contracts the muscle even more.
    Maybe it's time to find a new doctor,one that will actually listen to you?Do you see a Pain Management doc?Anyway,check this out:
    Oh,and drink plenty of water,hehe!
    Hope it helps!

    G. 8)
  • bath water with the epsom salt. 2 bottles to 1 box epsom salt is recommended. It draws out toxins and just does some kind of magic. I have fibro also and have been doing it for years.


    One of the best things I've ever bought is a hand held ultra sonic massager for times/pains/cramps/spasms like that.

    You sure do need a muscle relaxer however.


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  • Does anyone have painfull muscle spams 14 months after Laminectomy
    looking for hope

    Theresa Webb
  • MayaMMaya Posts: 7
    edited 04/28/2015 - 3:15 AM
    Hi there,

    Have you tried taking Magnesium as a dietary supplement? Magnesium helps to reduce muscle spasms.
    I take one tablet every night before I go to sleep and from suffering spasms in my legs every night it went down to relaxed night sleeps (finally). Maybe worth the try?

    Moderator comment Always remember that before you take any dietary supplement or OTC medications, check with y our doctor or pharmacist to make sure that based on your condition, your current medications that what you are planning to take would be ok.
  • cynmarccynmar Texas, USAPosts: 65
    Hi Therese, I, too am 14 months from surgery (microdisectomy) and have been dealing with those painful spasms. Some of them have improved. I recently saw a Pain Specialist & he thinks it's in my joints. Going for a Facet Joint Injection next Tuesday. Not saying that you have this problem, but there is a lot of good information on this site about this. Good luck to you & hope you get relief soon.

    Cervical foraminotomy 12/20/13 (herniated disc) C5-C6
    Lumbar microdisectomy 02/28/14 (herniated disc) L4-L5
    Mild Disc Bulge L5-S1
    Moderate Facet Arthrosis L4-L-5 w/gr1 Anterlolisthesis
    Spondylosis w/gr 1 Retrolisthesis L3-L-4
    Failed Back Surgery
  • Hi Cynthia , Thank you both for comments.
    Do the spams cause weakness for you guys? It seams my spams are getting worse instead of better. Causes very limited ROM.
    Let me know how the joint injection helps. I have not seen a pain specialist yet, Maybe an option .
    Thanks again ,

    Theresa Webb
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