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    links between back surgery and severe thigh cramps/hip pain
    mogo51 posted:
    I am new to this forum, joined in the hope of getting some feedback from others who may be experiencing same problems, moreover, a 'cure' if there is one.
    Had L4/5 fusion 4 years ago, told to go back playing golf after 8 months, popped L3/4. Surgery 8 months ago, now experiencing severe leg cramps, hip pain particularly at bedtime but not limited to that time. Still having 'stabbing' type pain in back, groin and testicles. Doing physio, exercises (mainly in the pool) hamstrings are like rocks and no movement so physio tells me and just too painful for too much stretching although I do as much as I can bear.
    This second surgery has been my worst for pain and recovery, 62 years old but keep getting awoken at night with severe hip pain and cramps.
    Anyone else had this and did they find a solution - HELP please.
    bj1208 responded:
    Hi and welcome to the support group -

    you may need to see your surgeon again and have a current MRI done - along with an EMG and Nerve Conduction Test to see if there is any nerve damage in your legs.

    I have permanent nerve damage in both legs and take Gabapentin (Neurontin) to help with the pains.

    Seeing a good pain management doctor can help too. I see a PHYSIATRIST Pain Doc - they go deeper into pain management control than regular pain clinics.

    Try sleeping with extra pillows - between the knees when sleeping on your sides or under your knees when sleeping on your back. this will help keep the spine more straight and help reduce some pains.

    let us know what you find out.
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