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Old 11-03-2002, 05:43 PM   #1
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Post leg/foot cramps due to back pain?

I was just wondering if anyone out there experiences the same thing I do...........At night or after laying down awhile my calves and/or feet will cramp - sort of like a small charlie horse in my muscles. I have lumbar spinal stenosis, DDD, and 2 lumbar herniated discs. Could the cramps be from my back problems? Thanks!!


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Old 11-03-2002, 08:12 PM   #2
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I don't know if they are, but I experience the same thing but mine are kind of like growing pains. I have 2 herniated discs (L4-L5 & L5-S1) could be a coincidence. I told my Pt about it and she was not suprised that it was happening. Hope this helps a bit.
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Old 11-03-2002, 11:26 PM   #3
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The right side of my calf gets as hard as a rock, very painfull. I have heard that quinine does the trick.

Old 11-03-2002, 11:35 PM   #4
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Jen, I also share the same diagnosis as you two. I recently started to experience the leg cramp issue my self. They tend to hit me around 1-3 A.M. while sleeping. My wife is kind enough to rub them out for me. I currently take Magnesium, Calcium Citrate, & Potassium as suppliments. I injured my back about 6 weeks ago. I wanted to avoid surgery at any cost......but it looks like my only long term hope to get out of this chronic (constant) pain is to whittle on the disc's at the same stages (L4-L5 & L5-S1). I have to wait almost 3 weeks for them to work me into their schedule. I hear that this surgery should take care of most of the leg pain but not neccessarily the back pain. Any ideas?? Oh....the pain.....the pain......the pain!

Old 11-11-2002, 01:38 PM   #5
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I had similar problems - note I said HAD. I've had foot cramping problems for several years, and they just kept getting worse. Two days prior to my IDET I was getting constant foot cramps (mainly right foot). All I had to do was point my foot and they'd come on with a vingence. Then, I had the IDET and they're almost completely gone away. Weird coincidence, eh? The nurse in the pain clinic told me leg and foot cramps can be caused by back "injuries"/degeneration due to the dermatone levels - nerve lines from the back that innervate different areas of the body.
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Old 11-11-2002, 03:32 PM   #6
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Thank you all for letting me know that this in not all in my head!! :-)
Kali, your info was very interesting - I think I will ask the doctor about it next time I go it. I have an EMG coming up in a few weeks so maybe the person doing the testing will have some answers. I will let you all know!


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