Daily Archives: February 23, 2014

What is Paraesthesia?

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It is very similar to how it feels when a limb “falls asleep” only instead of the sensation going away after you stop laying on that limb in an odd position, it just stays around without any apparent reason and without easing up. This can be caused by some sort of nerve interruption (such as a lesion) in the central nervous system (CNS).


How to Treat Paraesthesia
Unfortunately there is no treatment for Paraesthesia in particular, it’s one of those MS symptoms that either goes away on it’s own or sticks around as long as you are having a flare up. Steroids or Acthar may help the flare up pass on and ultimately end your paraesthesia but of course there is no guarantee… I have also never found any kind of home remedy to help relieve this symptom, you just have to “suffer through it” and I understand that that is horrible advice because it can be physically painful and emotionally torturous at times. But again, I have yet to find any sort of solution to this symptom.
My Experience

Itching
The pins and needles were one thing but the itching was unbearable! I usually had it on my scalp and I wanted to scratch my skin off! Nothing helped, not antihistamines (like Benadryl), not a cold shower, not even scratching, I just had to deal with it and worse than the physical sensation itself was the emotional frustration of having nothing to do about it: I was helpless.

Spasticity – Muscle Tone, Stiffness, Tightness,

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What is Spacticity? Spasticity is the feeling of tight muscles, usually in the legs but it can affect any part of the body. It is considered an increase in muscle tone (muscle tightness) and there are two types of spasticity that are common among . Flexor; involves the hamstrings in the upper legs and the hip flexors (muscles at the top of the upper thigh). Extensor; involves the quadriceps and adductors (muscle on the front and inside of upper leg).  Spasticity can cause painful spasms, lower back pain and joint pain. It can also affect your gate (the form of how you walk) because if your legs are stiff and rigid then you probably will not be able to take a simple step the way you are supposed to be able to. When muscles are spastic, everything obviously can feel rigid or mechanical and some people may not be able to even bend their limbs at all! Imagine waking up and feeling like you could only move as much as a wooden sketch mannequin; that is kind of what spasticity feels like to me. Most people with MS who complain about spasticity (in their legs) say it feels like they are “walking on stilts” and I would have to agree.

Double Vision – Diplopia in Multiple Sclerosis

What is Diplopia (Double Vision)? Updated 2/23/2012

Diplopia is more commonly known as “double vision” because that is exactly what you see, double everything! This is usually (but not always) caused by a lesion in the brain stem near the cranial nerves that control various eye muscles.