physical therapy for balance and walking issues?

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   Posted 7/6/2006 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
I thought I'd update you with what my neuro had to say this week.  He has given me a script for physical therapy to see if it will help me to be more stable walking and help my legs to feel less wobbily.
I haven't been falling or anything, my legs just feel "weird".  My left foot has started dragging on occasion and my knee sometimes "gives out".  I have had to dramatically cut back on my treadmill, in fact I have barely used it lately.
I went to PT today, he did several tests to see what my strength, balance  I veer to the right when I have my eyes closed and when I feel unbalanced.  I did pretty well on alot of the tests. The therapist thinks this will help and hopefully it will delay or prevent me from being in a wheelchair in the near future.  (I don't know how that's possible though).
My Avonex is still giving me pretty rough side effects but only for a couple of days.  I will start the Imuran next week, my neuro is addiment about that since he says there isn't much else they can give me to slow the progression.
Has anyone had PT for these issues...and did it help?
Michelle ><>
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   Posted 7/7/2006 1:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Michelle

As u know, i have no experience with PT, so no help with u'r thread. Just wanted to wish u the best with the pt and let u know i'm in u'r corner. I hope the Imuran works great for u and that u'll quit having the side effects (or they'll ease up anyway!) of the Avonex soon as well. Take good care of urself and don't over do it! :)


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   Posted 7/7/2006 6:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, PT can indeed help with those issues, as well as muscle toning and strengthening and a lot of other things, as they might come up. I'd stay with it, so long as you're able to pay for it (or have insurance coverage for it).
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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   Posted 7/7/2006 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Friday a.m.
Dear Michelle:
The physical therapy is invaluable.  These PT's can see things you are having issues with, and can suggest some things that may make things a bit easier for well as giving you some execise suggestions that may be to your benefit.
Highly, highly recommend physical therepy.
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