Hi and a question about "spasticity"

Bernice - posted on 07/13/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Does anyone else have problems with their feet? After the birth of my daugher last October I've started having horrible pains in both of my feet. When I stand up after sitting I almost feel like they are in blocks of cement, that's how much they move. I've also started getting weird burning pains in the heels and on the side of my left foot. Am I going crazy or is this a "normal" MS thing? thanks in advance

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Wessal - posted on 10/04/2009

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Hi, I just joined, I've had MS for 11 years now, and went have had problems beginning with mild spasticity in my right hand and my fingers getting numb since the beginning, leading up to my whole leg going into a spasm, and me using a cane to help me in walking. I have pretty much not been able to wear heels since 2005, or drive since 2006 when I had my second child. I have been treated with Amantadine from 2000 and the doses have increased till I hit top in 2005 and take it 3 times a day. I have been taking Tzanadine before bed because the spasms actually became painful. I have been thinking lately to try the Botox, but have been reluctant. You'd think I would have gotten over my fear of needles after all the Rebif and the Betaseron,

Sharon - posted on 09/16/2009

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Greetings Bernice,

I too have just joined and read your posting. I don't necessarily have pain as such but I do suffer from terrible muscle spasms. They start in my toes and work there way up my legs sometimes into my sides and arms. I take 80 mg of Baclofen a day along with 1 to 2 Zanaflex they are another drug for spasms. Talk with your ms nurse to see what she suggests. Sadly, sometimes your primary care physician doesnt have a clue really about MS or the treatments for the symptoms. Unless they study up on MS many only have the knowledge they recieved from med school on it.

Patricia - posted on 08/22/2009

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I have just joined this Circle of Moms, but dx'd for 12 yrs. There are several medications that can be effective in treating spasticity. I take baclofen, which has worked the best for me. We discussed injections of botox last summer, but the botox kicked in when I went to a higher dosage for awhile. Your neurologist may need to try a different medication, as what works for one person is not effective for the next. Hang in there! It may take awhile to get the right medication at the right dosage, but there are several pharmaceutical options out there.

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