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Had straightforward (right side) L5/S1 microdiscectomy 10 Sep 2014, . Was a bit stiff and wound quite painful, but sciatic pain gone. Had a week feeling greatish (as well as can be expected!). However almost a week to the day of discharge woke up in early hours with excruciating cramp across muscles of lower back, right buttock, thigh and calf. Tried all the cramp "tricks", stretching leg, trying to "walk it off" etc nothing worked. Finally gave in and called GP out Sunday morning. He seemed to think was a short term reaction to op and gave me couple of days worth of diazepam 2mg. Took 1 3 times that day, absolutely no relief. Upped to 4mg which released spasms for couple of hours. GPs, nurse, PT etc all think its normal, but its been 2weeks now and all I do is get up, showered, dressed, and walk to end of garden and back before the spasms are so bad I'm crying with the pain (& I'm really not that kind of person!) . I have diazepam still, but I'm really scared of getting hooked, so I'm really carefully to only take 6 in day an 2 when I wake up at 3am. What I really need to know is how much longer these will go on?? I cant start proper PT cos I cant drive to hospital, cant sit in waiting room etc and the PT is only prescribed for my back and said he cant do anything until spasms go. Feel like I'm stuck between rock and a hard place ?!?
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