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Right calf spams when not walking, standing or legs up

ernyherniaeernyhernia Posts: 3
Hello all

I'm new to this forum and hope I can get some clues from this community.

I will get these weird spasms like my right calf is about to lock up in a painful cramp (but doesn't) when I'm sitting in a regular position. If I lift my legs up (so my back and legs look like an 90 degree angle) the spasms kind of fade away. I don't get them as much when moving around either. But once I lay in bed sometimes, they prevent me from falling asleep or if I wake up in the middle of the night to use the toilet, then I might never get back to sleep. Very annoying.

I had an hernia around L4 a couple years ago and had to go back to the chiro every now and then but since this summer, it's been more about those spasms than outright lower back pain. I think I caused the herniation back then by lifting something heavy (many times) and hyper extending backwards to support the weight, so the back of the discs perhaps got too much pressure.

I do not have any lower back pain at the moment, although yesterday the chiro said I needed a slight adjustment, which he performed.

Anyone get these symptoms and relieves ?

Thanks
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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,447
    edited 01/07/2015 - 2:13 AM

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • ernyhernia said:
    Hello all

    I'm new to this forum and hope I can get some clues from this community.

    I will get these weird spasms like my right calf is about to lock up in a painful cramp (but doesn't) when I'm sitting in a regular position. If I lift my legs up (so my back and legs look like an 90 degree angle) the spasms kind of fade away. I don't get them as much when moving around either. But once I lay in bed sometimes, they prevent me from falling asleep or if I wake up in the middle of the night to use the toilet, then I might never get back to sleep. Very annoying.

    I had an hernia around L4 a couple years ago and had to go back to the chiro every now and then but since this summer, it's been more about those spasms than outright lower back pain. I think I caused the herniation back then by lifting something heavy (many times) and hyper extending backwards to support the weight, so the back of the discs perhaps got too much pressure.

    I do not have any lower back pain at the moment, although yesterday the chiro said I needed a slight adjustment, which he performed.

    Anyone get these symptoms and relieves ?

    Thanks
    Yes. Have had spasms in calves, muscle to the side of shin and in foot muscles causing goes to curl. What you can do about it depends on the cause.
    Chrioli
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  • Chrioli said:
    ernyhernia said:
    Hello all

    I'm new to this forum and hope I can get some clues from this community.

    I will get these weird spasms like my right calf is about to lock up in a painful cramp (but doesn't) when I'm sitting in a regular position. If I lift my legs up (so my back and legs look like an 90 degree angle) the spasms kind of fade away. I don't get them as much when moving around either. But once I lay in bed sometimes, they prevent me from falling asleep or if I wake up in the middle of the night to use the toilet, then I might never get back to sleep. Very annoying.

    I had an hernia around L4 a couple years ago and had to go back to the chiro every now and then but since this summer, it's been more about those spasms than outright lower back pain. I think I caused the herniation back then by lifting something heavy (many times) and hyper extending backwards to support the weight, so the back of the discs perhaps got too much pressure.

    I do not have any lower back pain at the moment, although yesterday the chiro said I needed a slight adjustment, which he performed.

    Anyone get these symptoms and relieves ?

    Thanks
    Yes. Have had spasms in calves, muscle to the side of shin and in foot muscles causing goes to curl. What you can do about it depends on the cause.
    Thanks for your reply. I guess so. The chiro did not see anything obvious that could be the root cause of these spasms so I'm wondering if it's something in the back that requires an MRI to be spotted or maybe something that's not even back related (although that would be surprising as this has been going on for months, a muscle injury usually heals within that time span).
  • Here's an xray I got today. Would you guys consider this a flatten disc ? I saw other images on Google calling this DDD (degenerative disc disease). Sounds rejoicing.

    http://i.imgur.com/7IVDdKx.png

    EDIT: Turns out what I'm pointing with the arrow is not the L5/S1 disc, it's the one above. So I'm OK on this. But the chiro said I have some arthrosis in the disc/facet above the arrow I've drawn, so this looks like the reason why I feel the way I do.
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