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The topic of spasticity has been on my mind since I’ve been experiencing it more lately. Four years ago, I did not understand what was spasticity and what was not. I complained of really tight muscles to my neurologist who suggested that I exercise more. His advice was logical but it didn’t directly solve my problem.
For many months I lived with this excess tightness which no amount of stretching seemed to resolve. Yoga was nice, as was swimming, but I never seemed to achieve that blissful level of release in my muscles which I so desired.
It wasn’t until a year later (or so) that the tightness and stiffness in my legs got to the point where I just had to complain about it in an appointment. During this appointment, I was consulting with the nurse practitioner who prescribed a trial of Baclofen. I started at a low dose as she suggested and gradually increased it every few days ever so much.
Within about a week, I began to fe...
Inherited myopathy, MD
There are no known cures for the various muscular dystrophies. The goal of treatment is to control symptoms.
Physical therapy may help patients maintain muscle strength and function. Orthopedic appliances such as braces and wheelchairs can improve mobility and self-care abilities. In some cases, surgery on the spine or legs may help improve function.
Corticosteroids taken by mouth are sometimes prescribed to children to keep them walking for as along as possible.
The person should be as active as possible. Complete inactivity (such as bedrest) can make the disease worse.
You can ease the stress of illness by joining support groups where members share common experiences and problems.
See: Muscular dystrophy - support group
The severity of disability depends on the type of muscular dystrophy. All types of muscular dystrophy slowly get worse, bu...
RLS sufferer Cari Lendrum recommends: Try Cari’s “RLS Squats!” – To do this exercise, start off in a standing position and then bend your knees slightly so that you are in a squat. Rest your forearms on your thighs close to your knees, grasping your opposite wrist for stability if necessary. Maintaining that position, raise and lower your buttocks over and over until you get tired. Repeat the exercise as long as you can without feeling muscle strain or discomfort in the back or knees. Hopefully, this will alleviate your symptoms even if just for a short time. Do you have a strategy for coping with RLS? Share your story and/or advice by contacting Colleen Cancio at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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