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Leg Muscle Pain since the C3-4 surgery.

Hi there,

I'm hoping you can point me in the right direction. I've been waking up periodically in the night with severe cramps in my left leg. The best I can determine is that it is the anterial tibial muscle. It seizes up and twists my leg inwards right down to my foot. The pain is intense and it lasts about 5 minutes or so.

A little background...I've had a c-section in Nov/11, herniated disc surgery for L4-5 in Sept/12 and herniated disc surgery for C3-4 in Oct/13. I'm 43 years old, don't smoke, very rarely drink and am in OK shape (not overweight).

This has happened about a 1/2 dozen times since the C3-4 surgery. I feel I'm in the doctor's office far too much already and would like to get an idea if I should take this seriously or if it's something simple I could correct myself.

Thank you
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replied November 17th, 2014
Thank you for asking

With previous history of disc herniation. it is likely there is relapse of it. Such pain sensations in night enough to wake you up could be very nerve related or it could be simple muscle spasm. Try some low dose chloroquine and muscle relaxants and cover your feet and keep them warm during sleep and see if it helps, If it recurs then it would be needed to look into it for further work up.

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