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Doctor insights on: Severe Leg Cramps After Back Surgery

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Why do you get charlie horse cramps in leg after having back surgery?

Why do you get charlie horse cramps in leg after having back surgery?

Acid buildup: While under anesthesia, the legs are bent and there is a decrease in blood return from the legs. Waste products like Lactic Acid build up. There is a decrease in blood supply and oxygen levels are lower, compounding the problem. After surgery, the legs are straightened, and blood and lymph fluids begin moving. Muscle cramping occurs during this time, when the local pH is low. ...Read more

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I had a robotic hysterectomy and sling surgery one week ago. Last two nights I have lower leg cramps keeping me from sleep?

I had a robotic hysterectomy and sling surgery one week ago. Last two nights I have lower leg cramps keeping me from sleep?

Leg cramps: Any swelling of your legs? Is it in both legs or just one. The main concern is having a blood clot in your leg called a dvt, which can break off and go to your lungs, called a pe. I would go see your doctor and maybe get an ultrasound of your legs. ...Read more

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How risky is for a 72 year old female have back surgery to align 2 vertrebass out of place are pinching nerves causing severe back pain and leg crams?

How risky is for a 72 year old female have back surgery to align 2 vertrebass out of place are pinching nerves causing severe back pain and leg crams?

Depends: The surgery that you describe in general is a big surgery that sounds like it would involve a fusion and spinal instrumentation. That being said, these are surgeries that are done frequently with good results. The things that make these surgeries risky are concurrent medical issues:heart problems, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis etc. The risk is also decreased with the experience of the surgeon. ...Read more

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I had a very severe case of cellulitis in both legs about 10 days after back surgery. It has now evil over into RSD or CSRS Type 1. This is 4 months.

I had a very severe case of cellulitis in both legs about 10 days after back surgery. It has now evil over into RSD or CSRS Type 1. This is 4 months.

Need more info: RSD is a diagnosis of exclusion, not enough symptoms are available to point towards a specific issue but b/l RSD is unusual and more common to get compression neuropathies vs critical illness polyneuropathy vs antibiotic related polyneuropathy. You need to see a neurologist for a thorough intake, exam, labs, emg/ncs to get to the right diagnosis so you can be treated appropriately. ...Read more

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I have legs cramps in my left leg ankle side of calf and thigh. Blood work okay, no meds, had 2 back surgeries. Doctor is stumped. This is not just at night, I stretch.

I have legs cramps in my left leg ankle side of calf and thigh. Blood work okay, no meds, had 2 back surgeries. Doctor is stumped. This is not just at night, I stretch.

Leg cramps: Leg cramps can be from many causes. If your doctors are stumped, do not give up trying to find a solution. Perhaps you have a mineral deficiency or nutritional deficiency. Next blood test ask for a electrolye test +magnesium--rbc test, &vitamin d test. If ok with your doc, try daily ca/mg/zinc pills & krill oil capsules 2000 mg per day, & vit. D-3 4000 iu/day. ...Read more

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I had back surgery back in december. A lumbar decompression due to spinal stenosis at l4-l5 level. I also have a bulging disc at the same level that they did a microdisectomy on. I continue to have severe burning pain down my right leg all the way to my

I had back surgery back in december. A lumbar decompression due to spinal stenosis at l4-l5 level. I also have a bulging disc at the same level that they did a microdisectomy on. I continue to have severe burning pain down my right leg all the way to my

Need further workup: May be due to continued nerve entrapment in terms of residual spinal stenosis, a recurrent disc herniation, scar tissue development about the nerve or neuropathic pain related to the nerve not fully recovering from the prior compression &/or related to its manipulation during your surgery or a combination of these. A MRI with contrast is best diagnostic test for this & possibly an emg/ncv test. ...Read more

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My husband gets severe leg cramps after when he reaches orgasm. What can he do to get rid of the pain in his legs at the back not front of the legs.

My husband gets severe leg cramps after when he reaches orgasm. What can he do to get rid of the pain in his legs at the back not front of the legs.

All about blood flow: May be a correctable vascular problem, a type of ' steal syndrome ' at ileac vessels, known to occur upper extremity use causing syncope, subclavian steal get vascular work up done if it is true we can name 'ileac vessel steal ' this syndrome with our names names good luck. ...Read more

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My husband gets severe leg cramps after when he reaches orgasm. What can he do to get rid of the pain in his legs at the back not front of the legs.

My husband gets severe leg cramps after when he reaches orgasm. What can he do to get rid of the pain in his legs at the back not front of the legs.

Lack of blood flow: May be a correctable vascular problem, a type steal at ileac vessels, known to occur upper extremity use causing syncope, ' subclavian steal' get vascular work up done on him by your doctor. If it is true we can name ileac vessel steal this syndrome with our names names get vascular work up done, if true placing simple endovascular stent will cure the problem good luck. ...Read more

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Why do I get severe leg cramps right below the back of my knees to the point that if I am not careful they will lock?

Why do I get severe leg cramps right below the back of my knees to the point that if I am not careful they will lock?

The Charlie horse: Muscle fatigue/injury, over-used, poor blood cirulation, medication use, neurologic disease, low potassium/calcium etc...Can cause muscle spasm. At times, no cause can be found. Charlie horse or leg cramp often occurs at night and can be quite severe. The true mechanism is not well known. There are treatments, but you should get evaluated by doc first. Keep well hydrated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Constant severe lower back pain and has escalated into severe leg cramps what could cause this?

Constant severe lower back pain and has escalated into severe leg cramps what could cause this?

Back+Leg pain: A combination of back- and leg pain and cramps could be due to an acute disc herniation or another cause of nerve compression. Have yourself seen by a qualified doctor and maybe have an MRI outlining the nerves and your lumbar spine structures....
Good luck! ...Read more

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I am taking doxycycline 100 mg 2xdaily. On my 2nd 10 day run. On the 1st run, I had severe leg cramps & now cramping is back again on 2nd run?

I am taking doxycycline 100 mg 2xdaily. On my 2nd 10 day run. On the 1st run, I had severe leg cramps & now cramping is back again on 2nd run?

??: I would doubt that doxicycline is the cuase of the leg cramps

recently though doxicycline which for years has been a very inexpensive generic drug has become very expensive and apparently available form only one manufacturer according to the pharmacist I usually work with
this seems a sad situation to me

varicose veins can cause leg pains. ...Read more

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I am 38 weeks pregnant suffering from severe leg cramps at night. I had my varicose veins removed but I feel there coming back should I be induced early?

I am 38 weeks pregnant suffering from severe leg cramps at night. I had my varicose veins removed but I feel there coming back should I be induced early?

Need work up: You need to talk to your OB doctor, and may have to see a vascular surgeon, getting leg cramps is a concern, for dvt, or venous insufficiency, have to have, doppler venous study, rest elevation of legs, elastic stockings warm compresses will help till you see your physician (s). ...Read more

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I've had back surgery and still have pain down my legs. I recieve steroid shots and nerve blockers but nothing helps. What is the next step?

I've had back surgery and still have pain down my legs. I recieve steroid shots and nerve blockers but nothing helps. What is the next step?

Therapy helps: The short term and long term effects of back surgery can be hard to predict. Important in knowing the outcome is knowing the kind and duration of symptoms that were present prior to surgery.
Answers to these require consultation with your surgeon. That said, persistent pain is not uncommon, and may respond to additional therapy and attention to back posture. ...Read more

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How long does leg swellong last after back surgery?

How long does leg swellong last after back surgery?

Depends: Leg swelling is not normal after back surgery. Blood clots in the leg should be ruled out if this is a new phenomenon that developed in the days and early weeks post-op. ...Read more

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Returning leg pain after lower back surgery, what to do?

Returning leg pain after lower back surgery, what to do?

This is somewhat: Dependent on what your diagnosis was and indications for the surgery as well as what type of surgery was performed. Other factors include how much time has past since the surgery, smoking history, medical history and has anything happened since the surgery such as an injury that may have caused onset of these symptoms. This is best reviewed with your surgeon to decide any actions needed. ...Read more

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I have pain going down the front of my right leg after having back surgery. It goes from my hip down to my knee and I can't stand it. Please help?

Need more info: Pain in top of thigh can be L2, L3, or L4 nerve root. If you had surgery for any of those nerves, continued compression may be the reason for this pain. You need to have your surgeon work you up for this. If your surgery did not involve these nerves, then you may be experiencing lateral femoral cutaneous nerve injury that can occur from laying on your belly for long periods of time. ...Read more

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I had back surgery 3 yes ago, just this past Saturday my left leg started hurting, getting worse and going numb, just wondering if I should go to ER?

I had back surgery 3 yes ago, just this past Saturday my left leg started hurting, getting worse and going numb, just wondering if I should go to ER?

YES: Sounds like nerve impingement pain. You certainly should get this checked out immediately especially with it coming on so suddenly and if your doctor cannot work you in, the ER will be your best bet. Pain relief and diagnosis will be the benefit ...Read more

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I have a pain in the right side of my leg that developed after back surgery. What can I do to stop the pain?

I have a pain in the right side of my leg that developed after back surgery. What can I do to stop the pain?

Depends on what is: Causing the pain. This oain could be due to a recurrent disc herniation or do to scar tissue formation which a contrast MRI can help to determine. Most of either reason will get better with time & non op care while the recurrent disc may require surgery the scar tissue reason does not & will most likely fail unless it is spinal cord stimulation. Otherwise, medications are indicated & epidurals. ...Read more

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My husband now has a numb area in his leg after back surgery, and is scared to death! Is this normal?

My husband now has a numb area in his leg after back surgery, and is scared to death! Is this normal?

It is not the norm: But it can happen in a small percentage of patients with some recovering and others being permanent. It is a known risk of the surgery in terms of neurologic ones. If that is the only symptom after his operation there is no real need for oncern and it may improve over time. ...Read more

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Extreme lower leg pain after back surgery l3, l4, l5s1?

How long ago?: The cause depends on how long ago was the surgery. If it was a couple of weeks ago then inflammation, hematoma or infection may be the cause. If it was a whole ago then recurrent problem or further degeneration may be the cause. Also what type of surgery? Fusion or just decompression can have different causes. It needs to be evaluated by a spine surgeon. ...Read more

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I have had back surgery, and still have chronic pain in lower back and left leg. I need to lose weight (alot) but walking and exercise hurts. What do?

I have had back surgery, and still have chronic pain in lower back and left leg. I need to lose weight (alot) but walking and exercise hurts. What do?

Needs reevaluation: How long ago was the surgery? If it was not recent, have the back pain reevaluated. Speak with the surgeon. Repeat an MRI to help determine the cause. Consider physical therapy or targeted injections if they are deemed to be appropriate. ...Read more

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Recently, I had back surgery from t-10 to l-4 for scoliosis, ever since, I am wondering why my right leg is numb, pain, and tingling whenever touched?

Recently, I had back surgery from t-10 to l-4 for scoliosis, ever since, I am wondering why my right leg is numb, pain, and tingling whenever touched?

Talk to MD: It is possible that the nerves for your lower leg were stretched during the surgery and are taking time to recover. You should discuss this with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have numbness in my leg after back surgery how long will it take to go away?

I have numbness in my leg after back surgery how long will it take to go away?

Talk to MD: The nerves may have been damaged or bruised by either the operation or the disease that caused you to seek surgery. These nerves can take a long time to recover, and sometimes do not. The best judge of this is your surgeon. Talk to them about your concerns. If needed get a second opinion if not satisfied. ...Read more

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How long will my numbness take to go away I'm my leg after having back surgery?

How long will my numbness take to go away I'm my leg after having back surgery?

From immediate to...: There can be immediate complete or partial relief to within hours, days months, years to never with most if going to recover, within 6 months. ...Read more

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I had back surgery 3 years ago and left with numbness in right leg and hip area. Could this treatment help me? L3-5 fusion with hardware

It may: This really depends on your imaging (mri/ct) scan. If your neurological problems are arising from a spondylisthesis or foramenal stenosis, then performing an interbody fusion and increasing the height of the disc space (increasing foramenal space) and reducing the slip may improve your compression and therefore your symptoms. But this depends on your full history, physical and images. Good luck. ...Read more

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