I would appreciate any insight you may be able to provide regarding back problems and leg and foot muscle issues. I'm 56, in otherwise good health, and have no neurological or systemic diseases, such as MS or diabetes.
The twitching does not involve the entire calf muscle ususally, but rather small areas of the muscle contract first in one spot then another, moving around rapidly in differenly locations within the calf, or at least that's how it feels.
I'm still having moderate groin and hip pain since the lumber surgery, but benefits have far outweigh the discomfort, and the pain is slowly but surely diminishing.
The twitching and spasms preceded the lumbar surgeries and have not abated since the surgeries.
My background: Posterior interbody lumbar fusion (L4-S1) 7 months ago, anterior cervical fusion (C5-C7) about 4 years ago, and undifferentiated spondylitis.
Leg muscles twitch constantly, regardless of activities, worsen when I first lie down, but then settle down to mild twitching all night long after being in bed awhile.
On bad nights, however, I have to get up every 10 minutes all night long to walk out the spasms.
If I don't exercise, the spasms are infrequent, but the twitching is constant.
My twitching is in my calf and hamstring on the back of my leg.
I noticed it was better when those muscles are stretched slightly. There is a wall behind my desk at work that I can rest my leg on in a strectched position with my toe neutral instead of pointed.
The lumber fusion was an 8-hour surgery because the doc had to separate the scar tissue from the nerve roots. When I walk my leg feels weak because each time I raise my leg my calf spasms. I was happy for a while but my life still wasn't back to normal.
The twitching preceded the surgery, however, and has not improved after the surgery. I went to another doctor and asked for neurontin but he wouldn't prescribe it. The reason I am responding is because since that time I got creative and came up with some solutions that have made this manageble for me.
I am to the point that most nights I don't have cramps. When I walk my leg feels weak because each time I raise my leg my calf spasms. I was happy for a while but my life still wasn't back to normal.