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cieyaya
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   Posted 1/11/2008 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I have not been dx yet, I am awaiting a appt with a neuro. Today I have had trouble walking, my left foot seems detached from my ankle, I have to think about holding it up when I walk, is this what is known as foot drop?

Thanks

Gretchen1
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   Posted 1/11/2008 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
cieyaya,
 
I am not sure if that is foot drop or not.  I have that same thing.  I have it just very slightly in my left foot.  If I am not paying attention and boppin around quickly, then I end up tripping.  I think true foot drop is when you cannot get that foot up even when you are thinking about it.  When I think about what I am doing, I don't trip. 
 
Good luck on your neuro appoinment.
 
Love and prayers,


Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006

Post Edited (Gretchen1) : 1/11/2008 7:48:14 PM (GMT-7)


uppitycats
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   Posted 1/11/2008 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
yep. Sounds like foot drop. Once you learn to walk (at age 2 or so!) you shouldn't have to THINK about moving your feet, getting them high enough, getting the foot to bend at the ankle, etc. It should just happen. If it's not..there's a problem. Do make sure you note whether this lasts (sometimes it will happen for awhile, then fade away..other times you're "stuck" with it..) and tell the neuro about it when you see her.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Sweetlydia66
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   Posted 1/12/2008 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
From a PT stand point, If you find yourself using your upper leg to lift and help clear your foot, it is deffinately foot drop. I also have this problem and have to be careful, or i will trip too. It also has to do with how tired i am it seems. Work on strengthening your muscles in that area. You can just sit and do ankle pumps. Just raise and lower your foot (toes to the ceiling) do that several times a day, it will help strengthen those muscles .
Take care,
Lynn


Dx Dec 06, Rebif, 44 mcgs 3 x wk, Baclofen, Cymbalta

Post Edited (Sweetlydia66) : 1/12/2008 9:17:30 AM (GMT-7)


cieyaya
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   Posted 1/12/2008 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank ya'll so much. I have really been going "down hill " the last month or so. So many different things are coming up, but the aspect of not being as mobile as I am use to is really eating at me. I have 3 children 2 under 5 and the idea of having to pick up a cane or worse is more that I can handle right now. Does anyone have any pointers for my visit with the neuro.

Thanks again
Cindy

uppitycats
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   Posted 1/12/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
cieyaya said...
Thank ya'll so much. I have really been going "down hill " the last month or so. So many different things are coming up, but the aspect of not being as mobile as I am use to is really eating at me. I have 3 children 2 under 5 and the idea of having to pick up a cane or worse is more that I can handle right now. Does anyone have any pointers for my visit with the neuro.

Thanks again
Cindy
All of us are nervous when we get in front of a doctor, so the best thing to do is to write down everything that is happening with you.
 
Try to start at the beginning. When did you first have symptoms; what where they.  Did they go away and come back, or did they stay with you.  Can you see any pattern as to when they might come -- like, when you're overheated, over tired, in the spring, in the fall, any sort of consistency to them that you can determine?
 
Then go back through your narrative and try to shorten everything down to as succinct and brief a statement as possible.  Eliminate all but the basic statements, dates.
 
Then go back and re-list those things, starting with the symptoms that bother you MOST (like right now, maybe your difficulty walking is your worst.)
 
Make a copy, and give a copy to the doctor to put into your file. And then when he asks, you have a copy in front of you and won't forget important stuff.
 
That way, if you don't have a lot of time with the doctor (and doctor visits are shorter and shorter these days!) at least your WORST symptoms will be at the top of your list, moving down to the less troublesome.
 
Don't worry about "naming symptoms", or self-diagnosing.  It is better to simply describe your symptoms, like you did when you asked about "foot drop", than to actually NAME it.  Let the doctor do the naming.  And doctors these days are particularly put off by people who come in and say something like, "..I've researched this on the internet and I'm SURE I have (name a disease or disorder here)."  Even if you are RIGHT...THEY like to be the ones to come up with it..not the patient. So even if you're pretty sure you know what's going on and have a name for it, it's better to just describe what's going on and let the doctor go from there.
 
Also go back through any medical records you have and make a list of any illnesses you've had -- at least those that were serious enough to seek medical attention (not every cold or flu, for example, but those things that you went to the doctor, got medicine, were treated for). People sometimes forget important things like "Oh yeah, I had mono in high school." or "..there was that bout of meningitis..." or " I get bronchitis every year...", or.... 
 
So if there are any illnesses you've had, any surgeries, anything like that -- list them, in chronological order. And give the list to the doctor.
 
Take with you any medications you might already be taking. And be prepared to tell him about any vitamins, herbal supplements, over-the-counter medications or supplements or herbal teas or anything else that you're taking.
 
If you've seen other doctors over the years, make a list of their names and contact information (phone, office address). This is particularly important if you've seen any other doctor(s) for what is now ailing you, and if they've done any testing (and have the test results in their records).  Sometimes seeing the old results and comparing them with new ones will help the doctor towards a diagnosis.
 
If you can, take someone with you. Sometimes a spouse is good, other times someone who isn't quite as close and who will be able to be more objective and doesn't get rattled.  The doctor is likely to tell you A LOT of information in a brief time, and if you've got someone with you (a girlfriend, for example), she can take notes and help you remember all that he said when you get away from the office.  She can also help you keep track of your list of ailments, and make sure you get out the most troubling things.
 
That's all I can think of right now.  I hope this helps!
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Kiera
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   Posted 1/13/2008 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree that its better to say "my hands keep falling asleep", than to say to a doctor, the parathesis that i have is..yadda..

Or the spasticity that moved from my leg to my arm...is better recieved as "my leg felt cramp,tight (or however it did) then i noticed it felt the same in my left/right (be specific) arm.

Sometimes where we've learned so much about our disease, doctor's are a bit putoff, some aren't some are severely so, by our naming or diagnosing our own issues. Some of it is for our own good , so that we don't mislead our ownselves and some is due to pride and desire for respect of their position. Either way, its sound advice.
It also makes sure that you dont have Foot drop written if it were really spasticity has you only described and not named what you thought you had (not saying this isn't foot drop, as it sure sounds like it).

Sometimes its tiring to make these lists..to think of the dates and which happened first. Just do the best you can and leave double spaces in case you need to jot one in to fit your chronilogical order ( i need to update my own ugh).


Good advice about strengthening the ankles. I had footdrop only for a day and it was the type were you drag it with you, but as of late i have painful ankle twists that are only relieved if baclofen is taken.

So in my case is that painful dystonia? is it spasticity? ...it can be looked at in different ways. So i have to simply tell my doctor this upcoming week of "how it feels" and that it is now in my left ankles, and relieved by baclofen.

Best of wishes,

kiera
Every day brings us closer to what we reach for .........in all things.
 
Kiera


cieyaya
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   Posted 1/13/2008 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for your answers. Sometimes I feel as if I am going crazy. I am filling out a chart to all my complaints to present to the neuro. Do your "symptoms" become worse if you are tired or stressed? There are times I feel like someone has pulled all the bones out of my body and left me like a blob of flesh that is suppose to function as wife and mother. Those are the worst times when it takes every bit of my will power to move. But I don't have a choice as I know you all don't.

Thanks again for all your help, it really helps to know others have been there and understand all the weird things that I am going through.

Thanks again

Cindy
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