Hi everybody, I just wanted to let you know that for the past two nights I've taken a muscle relaxer and it's helped that calf stiffness when I get out of bed. Thank goodness! It's still there but not like it was. I've also been doing the exercises that mkf recommended and that's helping as well. For the past 2 days I've been having sciatica on the opposite side of my surgery. It was kind of bad last night. mkf and VAMPGRRL12 I know what you mean about the pain medication. A couple weeks ago I had to start tapering off Norco to go to regular Vicodin. This week I had hoped to reduce the regular Vicodin even more but the sciatica pain started coming back. Let's hope our healing happens quickly.