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onyx24k
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 10/21/2006 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,

I was diagnosed with MS 5 years ago and I have noticed that often times when I have to walk several blocks, I need to stop midway to give my legs a brief break. It's like I have to give my legs a chance to recharge. Does anyone else get this feeling in their legs when they have to walk somewhere? Also, does anyone know of some good exercises to help to strengthen ones' legs?

Tony

rhondab
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   Posted 10/21/2006 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Tony

Welcome to the board!The nerves in a person with ms can't send signals to the parts of the body as they should be able to..meaning u'r leg muscles aren't getting the signals they need to maintain the workout u'r giving them. I have a lot of leg pain and weakness, tho i'm undx'd, and i use Requip to help with that. It doesn't stop it from happening, but maybe it's not as bad as it would be. I'm not sure of any excercises, but i'm sure others will be along to help u with that. There are some here who are on or have been on physical therapy. I hope u can get some relief from this and will be feeling better soon. Again, welcome and please let us know how u are and how this develops.

rhonda

uppitycats
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   Posted 10/22/2006 4:20 AM (GMT -6)   
onyx24k said...
Hello,

I was diagnosed with MS 5 years ago and I have noticed that often times when I have to walk several blocks, I need to stop midway to give my legs a brief break. It's like I have to give my legs a chance to recharge. Does anyone else get this feeling in their legs when they have to walk somewhere? Also, does anyone know of some good exercises to help to strengthen ones' legs?

Tony
I'm sorry you're experiencing that. Rhonda did an excellent job explaining what's going on -- it's not so much that your legs are weak, as it is that the nerve impulses aren't getting through properly, and your legs are tiring out.  Muscle insufficiency like that is pretty common with MS.  I hope it doesn't get worse for you.   As Rhonda suggested, you might ask your doctor about physical therapy, which may help.  If your mobility worsens sufficiently, you might ask about a cane, or other mobility aides.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Kimber
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   Posted 10/22/2006 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tony,
 
   Ask your doctor about physical therapy.  Trying to do exercises on your own could possibly worsen things.  The PT can design an exercise program for your specific situation as everyone is different.  The weakness you are describing is very common in MS, and you might find that it gets worse later in the day or if you try to push yourself too much.  As you've already discovered, resting can help with those episodes.  A cane might also be helpful to take some of the pressure off the legs.  Take care and please come back and let us know how you are doing.
 
 
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pegleg
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   Posted 10/23/2006 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
My lt leg is always weak, tingling, hurting in the bone area (MRI showed soft tissue edema next to the bone in several locations). When I push myself, I always regret it (stubbornness is one of my downfalls). I learned a very valuable lesson though. I pushed myself to the limit (used to be a speed-walker) and I pd the price. When I did take a break after walking (slow pace) a longer distance than I should, my lt leg became completely numb to where I felt nothing ... when I tried to stand and get feeling again, I fell flat on my face (my lt arm does not always wk well either). I have never been so frightened. It has occured twice & I'm seeing my neuro on 25th. I'll stick to what I'm told! Will let you know. DON'T PUSH YOURSELF!

snowdog
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   Posted 10/24/2006 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Like the others, I too...have leg problems. I get leg pain and Jello legs almost daily. I have never been able to deal with it well.

I used to run 3-5 miles a day before MS, now I consider myself lucky if I can
walk around the block with my wife locked arm and arm. I too, have fallen, when my legs buckled and I now carry
a fold up cane in my car, or my briefcase, or my backpack. But my Neruro and my physical therapist both say I have to
continue to exercise, even if it is limited because I need muscle to hold my body up, even if I feel weak and wobbly due
to the nerve problems. My legs and arms may not feel strong, but that is a trick of my CNS and my body needs the foundation
of muscles even if I don't think they are there. So I try, and I am about to start Yoga, which according to those that
participate in it, helps enormously. The local MS society recommends it, my doctors and PT do too, and those with MS
that do it, say they tried other forms of exercise, but this form of stretching was the only thing that helped them.

Don't push yourself is good advice, but don't give in to just sitting either. MS management in all things is about your body
and listening to it. Common Sense! Realizing when you are to your limit, or being logical about what you eat, how you exercise, what meds
you take or don't take, conversations with your medical team, support groups like this one, and if it fits your life style...a
prayer once in awhile.

Good Luck and Hang in there!
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