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A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee can start a chain reaction of problems in that knee and leg. Recent research has suggested that an ACL injury can also cause problems in the other leg. Somehow a neurological response called the gamma loop becomes interrupted. The gamma loop controls normal muscle tension and assists in muscle activation--in this case, in the quadriceps muscles in the thigh. These authors studied quadriceps strength in two groups of people. One group had a torn ACL, and one group had healthy knees. The uninjured leg was tested in the group with the torn ACL. Quadriceps strength was tested. Then the subjects went through 20 minutes of vibrations to the leg. Vibrations are known to interfere with the gamma loop, causing decreased strength. As expected, the healthy group showed decreased strength after vibration. But the group with injured ACLs had no reduction in strength, a clear sign that the gamma loop was not working properly. No one is sure why the...
Anyone who experiences numbness/tingling on one side, then blurred vision, lasting a few minutes? My migraines returned at age 58 after a 15-year welcome respite (I am now 60). I experience the aura (zig-zag patterns), then the headache, sometimes with temporary tingling in hands and face, sometimes without, before the headache begins. Recently, I had two instances with numbness in my right hand that begins with the little finger and moves to the thumb, then to the face. This progression lasts about 10 minutes. Recently, I also experienced what felt like my eyes crossing (they weren't crossed, my husband said), which lasted a few seconds, but was pretty frightening. These migraines are so different from the ones I had from age 6-35 that I am concerned they might be some else, like MS. Any thoughts about this pattern would be appreciated. Thank you, Ice-Dancer.
What you're describing may well be symptoms of Migraine wi...
Full Question: Have you ever heard that migraines can cause numbness to the left side of the body, starting in the feet and moving up the leg to the arm and face? Is Prednisone good for the pain of migraines? Thank you Patsy. Answer: Dear Patsy; Tingling or numbness can be symptoms of Migraine. You really need to discuss this with your doctor as numbness during a Migraine can make a difference in the type of treatment that is best for you. Prednisone and similar steroids aren't generally prescribed for the pain of a single Migraine, but a "dosepack" is often prescribed to help break an extended Migraine. With a dosepack, you start at a higher dosage and reduce it daily over a period of about a week. Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert If you need to find a headache and Migraine specialist, please see our listing of patient recommended specialists . Another good source of information and support is our forum . To post to th...
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