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leg , toes, cramping after spinal surgery

I have read some comments about other people having the same problem.  The cramps are so intense I just want to be left alone.

I have had 3 fusions in my very lower back and also a " contraption" put in the center of my spine to " straighten " it.   All of this because I fell last year. I had surgery in November 2017 and  After a 12" scar and 22 staples later !!......I still have pain in my very lower back and buttock bone. I also get these " cramps ". that are SO painful .    Well my Surgeon gave me VALIUM !!......which about knocked me off my feet !!  and did NOT help at all.  I feel this contraption in my back and it feels really " tight " where I had the discs done and the part put in.  

Can anyone give me advise or contribute to this question?     Thanks



  • hi sona

    welcome to spine-health

    so sorry to hear about your fall and surgery.  i am not sure if you mean 3 level fusion performed in november 2017 or three separate fusion surgeries.  if you are able to tell us levels and the type of surgery that may give members more information.

    you have my complete sympathy on 'intense cramps' as i suffered these daily and nightly over a long period of time before my third surgery tlif l4-s1.  thankfully they have reduced dramatically and i only suffer them when i overdo it or sleep in a bad position (bad for my nerve that is).

    due to my nerve damage in my left leg, i alway step down with my 'bad leg' and start upstairs on my 'good leg'.  if i do it the other way round, i can still get cramp.  my physio taught me 'good to heaven and bad to hell' as a way of remembering (no religious intent here).

    at night i find if i try to sleep with my legs curled up (as i used to sleep) this will always wake me with cramp.  if i use the duvet to hold my foot in a 'toes towards my chest' position on bad nights, that can prevent cramp coming on as my body relaxes into sleep.

    i have learnt different ways to prevent and these things have just become automatic now.

    i have added two links below to help new members with information and these also contain the forum rules.  there is lots of material to research on spine-health that will give you the power of knowledge.

    welcome to spine health




    L5/S1 herniation Apr 2013
    nerve root injections Oct 2013
    L5/S1 discectomy Jan 2014
    L5/S1 nerve roo &, facet joint injections & edpidural Jan 2015
    L5/S1 revised discectomy, L4/L5 discectomy & Wallis Inswing Stabilisation L4/L5 May 1st 2015
    L4-S1 TLIF with decompression June 2017
  • i had a mdin 2016 and the nerve was ‘stretched’. i lost a lot of feeling in my leg afterwards and i still don’t have a lot of it back. i also get intermittent stabbing sensations in my foot and hypersensitivity. i was told to wait two years but if it didn’t heal after that it wasn’t likely to. i’ve now had a spinal cord stimulator fitted.

    please check out my blog for more info on how i got on with the nevro spinal cord stimulator trial and my first month since my permanent was fitted: https://www.bionicjenuk.wordpress.com

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