Ankle and Leg tightness

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Sandy C.
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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 10/30/2006 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok - sometimes I get it by the stupid tree ( I take drugs for that too ). My ankles and legs are soooo "tight" and painful when I stretch them. This is MS related right? I suppose switching to denial is nice...
I know mobility issues and MS are good friends, but I don't understand how it starts... i was told I have right sided weakness a month ago and now my left archilles tendon is very tense all the time and my claves on both sides are tight. I think for the most part my gait issues aren't too noticeable. When I am at home, and I am alone, I try to walk without pain and the gait issues are worse and find the walls and the door knobs to be my friend. However, when I am at work, or in public, or with family or friends and I need to walk, I go very slow and find ways to deal with the pain so I can walk "normally." Is this how it starts?

I have been having issues since June with my legs. It started on a "peak" with a relapse and since then has never been the same. It got slightly better and now it gets worse. Your response is appreciated =)
Sandy C.
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis September 2003 currently taking Copaxone SQ QD, Aricept 10 mg PO QD, Welbutrin XL 300mg PO QD, and Provigil 200mg PO BID.

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 10/30/2006 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like you're dealing with spasticity -- spastic or tight muscles -- in your legs. That is pretty common with MS (and I see by your sign-off that you have been diagnosed with MS).  You're right, issues with mobility, and specifically with legs, is often one of the early problems encountered by those of us with MS.  If it's that noticeable to you, it is likely very noticeable to your family, but they're not willing to talk with you about it.  If you're doing a lot of wall-walking, you should ask your doctor about using a cane..falling down can be extremely hazardous to your well-being: a seriously broken leg put me in a wheelchair some yers ago, and I never fully recovered sufficiently to walk again.

...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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