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Old 11-26-2012, 11:27 PM   #2
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Re: Calf Cramps after Discectomy and Partial Laminectomy of L5?

[QUOTE=Jeschn3;5095041]Hi there,
Almost four weeks ago I had a discectomy and partial laminectomy of my L5 vertebrae. I had a herniated disc at that level, and had lived with the "flair ups" as I liked to call them for about 3.5 years. The pain became so bad in October, that they admitted me to the hospital from the ER and I had the surgery a few days later.

The relief from the back pain has been extraordinary, and such a relief! However in the days prior to the operation I lost feeling in my left leg, and motion in my big toe and ankle. Now the feeling is coming back but in addition, my calf is cramping terribly. I take like 5 steps and I feel the worst charlie horse of my life, like if I take another step my muscle will rip or something. Is this normal? Have any of you had similar experiences?

Thanks [/QUOTE]

Hi jeschn, i dont remember that after surgery. Are you taking frequent, short walks? It could be something as easy to fix as your potassium being to low or something as serious as a blood clot. Post operatively a deep vein thrombosis is a complication. I had a clot go to my lung. Pain in the calf could be indicating that complication. Call or go see your dr right away. I hope that you are on the mend soon. Thank you, gmak