Pain and cramps occur mostly at night and upon waking in a.m. Have had 4 lumbar surgeries. First surgery was on ruputured discs from a fall on ice, 2nd surgery, the scar tissue pushed the leftover disc to other side causing severe siatic pain. Last surgery, the disc above old surgery was ruptured. These surgeries are 10 years apart. Now an EMG reports early sensory polyneuropathy. Possible diagonois, or anyone with similiar problems of leg pain followed by cramps? Have controlled type 2 diabetes for approx. 10 years, thyroid and pituatary problems.
Has your doctor checked you for Restless Leg Syndrome? I suffer from RLS which is a neurological nerve problem and it is as you describe pain and cramps mostly at nighttime. I have had cramps so bad in my calves that I wake up the next morning with bruises on my legs. My doctor has me on klonopin once at bedtime (tried Lyrica but it causes MAJOR weigh gain). It helps but I still have infrequent bouts with the leg cramps and pain - also with leg "twitching" or "jumping" that cannot be controlled. Hope this helps some and good luck to you.
I have had back surgery as well. I also have nightly leg pain with severe cramping. I use prescription muscle relaxers and also otc leg cramp meds. They don't help much.