Re: Calf Cramps after Discectomy and Partial Laminectomy of L5?
I concur with gmak that you should mention this to your doctor as you want to rule out a blood clot. Muscle spasms and cramping occur with some regularity when a nerve has been compressed. Often muscle relaxers are prescribed upon discharge and are taken in the early post recovery period. If your doctor doesn't suggest them, you might want to ask if something like that would help.
Something to be aware of: more than any other prescription medicine I have taken, side effects can vary greatly from one muscle relaxer to another. If one doesn't work for you, tell the doctor and he can change you to a different one.
Be sure to take short frequent walks. Walking around inside the house counts. It is very important to stretch out the spinal nerves in the early post recovery period. Walking is the best way to keep scar tissue from attaching to the spinal nerves as it forms and fills in. So even if you don't feel like it, get up every hour and make a few laps around your house, up and down a hallway...whatever works for your particular-layout. If walking is painful try shortening your stride -- speed and distance are not important in the early days.
When lying in bed or reclining, do simple leg exercises like pointing and flexing the foot. Make small ankle circles, etc.