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MS, Spasticity and When to Change Your Doctor

Cathy Health Guide August 14, 2012
  • It was 3:00 in the morning and I was sound asleep.  Suddenly, I awoke in terrible pain.  My right leg felt tight, like a charley horse grabbing hold of my calf and foot.  I couldn’t move my leg.  For a moment I panicked, but instinctively remembered my yoga breathing.  ...

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  • Hollyk
    Aug. 15, 2012

    My changing of doctor's occured because he was bad mouthing my optic neurologist.  Unprofessional!  I decided then and there to only go to my GP and to treat my symptoms-rather than MS as a whole.  Unfortunately for me; I no longer see that doctor do to an unfortunate event...so, I've been with my OB who does general checkups and keeps me on...

    RHMLucky777

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    My changing of doctor's occured because he was bad mouthing my optic neurologist.  Unprofessional!  I decided then and there to only go to my GP and to treat my symptoms-rather than MS as a whole.  Unfortunately for me; I no longer see that doctor do to an unfortunate event...so, I've been with my OB who does general checkups and keeps me on my 3 regular medications that I take...however, I was just informed a few weeks ago that he is retiring...so, it's back to square 1.

     

    I decided to only treat the symptoms; it was a personal choice and not for everyone-it was a good fit for me though.  

     

    Spasicity is a common occurance for me and has been since the beginning.  I was on pain medication for a while at first; but that only seemed to drop my own natural ability to cope with pain; it lowered my toleration level.  So, I use breathing as well as distraction techniques. 

     

    The best way to do this is to allow the pain to flow through your body-offering as little resistance as you are able (which is where distraction comes in).  It is learned and it takes a lot of practice.  Don't feel bad if you need help with medication-using both in combination is a good alternative.

     

    The hardest pain for me to deal with is my eyes and teeth.  Sometimes; no amount of medication or distraction helps...those are when the only thing left to do is 'let it flow'... 

    • Cathy
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      Aug. 15, 2012

      Thanks, HollyK, for your answer. 

       

      Letting it flow is exactly what I do when I get the spasticity episodes.  What else can I do?  Until I get an appointment with my new doctor, that's what I'll do.  I really don't want to go on any other meds (trying to get off of the ones I don't necessarily need to be on!) but I'd like to speak to...

      RHMLucky777

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      Thanks, HollyK, for your answer. 

       

      Letting it flow is exactly what I do when I get the spasticity episodes.  What else can I do?  Until I get an appointment with my new doctor, that's what I'll do.  I really don't want to go on any other meds (trying to get off of the ones I don't necessarily need to be on!) but I'd like to speak to the doctor about these recent episodes.

       

      I am sorry you are experiencing other pains.  I hope you can find ways to handle that as well.

       

      Thanks again, and keep me posted on how you are doing!

       

      Best in health,

      Cathy