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Learning to live with MS on the long haul is a bit like growing pains within a new relationship. You may be familiar with little MS symptoms and be able to ignore them for the most part, but sometimes something small and insignificant may arise to bite you in the butt and drive you absolutely crazy.
For the past day or two, I’ve had a collection of muscles around my hip and at the top of my thigh which have been causing a great deal of pain and a lopsided limp. At first, I thought that maybe pushing a REALLY heavy grocery cart, even for only a fraction of the time around the grocery store on Wednesday, may have caused an avalanche of spasticity.
Thursday morning, my leg and hip were so painful that I finally filled a prescription my nurse practitioner had given me in April (for diazepam) to combat painful muscle spasms . I’ve tried it and so far, it has made little difference. But each day has gotten a bit better as long as I limit how much I stand a...
Dear Dr. Motola,
I'm experiencing coccyx pain 4 to 9 weeks after radical prostatectomy and it
is very debilitating. Is this a reported problem with some patients after such
Histopathology indicated that cancer
is specimen confined and MRI, CT and total body bone scan do not reveal any
extraprostatic disease nor metastatic involvement of skeleton. Lymph nodes and
seminal vesicles are not involved.
Is it possible that pelvic floor exercises are causing the problem due to
pull of muscles attached to coccyx or muscle(s) in spasm. Or is likely to be a
problem from the operation which should settle down with time?
The pain that you are experiencing is
most likely related to the healing process from the prior surgery . The
pathology report demonstrates localized disease and the pain is not related to
the primary disease.
The pubococcygeus muscle is the muscle
that you are contracting with the pelvic floor exercises, and although not well
Article updated and reviewed by Christian D. Stone, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine on May 19, 2005. constipation , diarrhea or aor both). These symptoms are the result of abnormalities of colon function. Both hypersensitivity and abnormal motility of the colon are key features of this disease. IBS is known by various other names such as irritable colon, spastic colon, spastic bowel, and functional bowel disease. It is not accurate to use the term colitis when describing IBS. Colitis means there is inflammation in the colon but this is not the case in IBS. The colon (large intestine) is responsible for packaging and eliminating stool. As food moves through the colon it absorbs water while forming stool. Muscle contractions (squeezing motions) in the colon push the stool toward the rectum (the lower five inches of the large intestine). These contractions are controlled by nerves, hormones and by elec...
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