Intermittent Leg Problems - Weird!

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   Posted 10/23/2006 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been having problems with my legs off and on now for several months. The main problems have been painful spasms, stiffness, and weakness.

Last Friday, the weakness in my legs was so bad that I could barely walk, and I almost fell three or four times that day.

Today, they are some better, but I seem to be having intermittent problems. For instance, I'll stand up to walk, and have pain and weakness and will end up limping, then the next time I stand up, my legs are fine. Or I'll be walking and start out limping and in pain, then all of a sudden, my legs will be working correctly again, and then a minute or two later, I'm back to limping again, and on an on again.

It's almost as though there is an intermittent signal to my leg muscles - like a loose wire or something in my nervous system. (I do have messed up reflexes in both legs - hyperactive knee reflexes, absent ankle reflexes and present Babinski reflex in both feet.)

Does any of this make any sense? Anyone else have a similar problem with a loose wire? Or do I just have a screw loose! confused
Lisa ~
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   Posted 10/23/2006 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Lisa

I'm sorry to hear u'r dealing with even more probs. I sure do hope they can dx u soon or at least help control u'r symptoms. Someone else posted a somewhat similar thread a few days ago and here's what i told them. I too have leg probs and what u describe here is pretty much what i can relate to, tho not all these symptoms in such close proximity to each other. I was dx with rls (restless leg syndrome) a little while back and given requip to help with it. Of course, as with many meds, it doesn't make the prob go away and give me total relief, but it's better i'm sure. The thing with ms is that u'r nerve impulses (singnals) aren't getting to where they need to be to help operate the muscles as in a normal or unaffected person. If that happens u will get some very odd results...weakness as if u'r muscles aren't keeping up or aren't strong enuf, numbness, tingling, pain, and so on. With the nervous system the results of impaired signal transmission can be very erratic. I'm not saying this is what's going on, but it may be. U should prob call u'r doc at least just to let them know what's going on. More than likely they can prescribe something for u to try until u'r next appt, but they may also want to see u first. Be sure to write this down in u'r journal as well. I really hope u get some relief soon. Pain in my legs is one of my biggest probs and i can certainly feel for u during this prob. Best wishes and please let us know how this goes for u.


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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 10/29/2006 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lisa!

I think you're writing about my legs! I personally love to watch the muscle spasms in my legs - it's a great parlor trick! LOL I have a couple of friends with small babies and at times I'm afraid of walking while carrying them because I'm afraid my leg will buckle and I'll drop them! I have had the leg problems much longer than the diagnosis of MS. My doctor has classified my problems as spasticity and weakness. I am taking baclofen and zanaflex when I'm having problems and occassionally add pain killers when the muscle relaxers aren't enough. I also see a chiropractor on a weekly basis. My chiropractor does help, but it's not a cure. My heating pad seems to be a little bit of help, but like the chiropractor, it's not a cure.
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