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I was laying across my sofa with my legs crossed at the ankle --something I have done many times without any problems. Well, this time I started feeling pain in my left foot. I looked down at my foot to find my middle toes curling under. I tried (with my mind) to un-curl them and they just kept curling under. After a few seconds on increasing pain with no success in controlling my toes mentally, I used my hands and massaged my toes back to their normal state. Has anyone else experienced this?

Michelle
Been there stretched that! The toe curl has happened, but very rarely. When it did I put my feet on the floor and stretched my muscles in my foot and Achilles tendon. You might try soaking your feet in cool water, this has helped me too. :angel:
Happens to me all the time. It can be painful. But its muscle contractions. Another lovely side effect of MS. It can also be caused by some medications- just so you know.
Youll be mentioning this in your appointment too, right? :)
I will definitely mention this. I'm not taking any meds but synthroid for my thyroid. Idon't believe synthroid would cause this. I also have had a similar experience with my fingers on my left hand. Three farthest from my thumb will out of nowhere stiffen up and fuse together.I cannot physically seperate them with my mind. I have to use my right hand and massage them until they relax.this hasn't happened in a few months.
Yep. What works for me is to try to draw them back towards my head. Or stand up, thats how I deal with leg cramps.......it's hard to do but it does help. For me, anyway.
Blessed, with all due respect; if you have MS or any type of neurological disorder, doing anything "with your mind" is not going to work. Neurological disorders are affecting the brain, The nerves, the muscles and everything else. It really sounds like you are having muscle contractions, which can be helped with a muscle relaxant like flexeril....also, if this is MS related, things like this happen from time to time and often resolve on their own within a few days/ weeks.

Alot of this is NOT focusing the mind on what is happening. I hate to admit it, but alot of dealing with MS symtoms is mind over matter in such a way that you dont look for problems, and when they happen, you have to do your best to ignore them (unless of course they are really severe or affecting your breathing or other necessary functions). They do randomly come and go. All of these things are things which you should mention to your doctor, because you said he is a MS specialist, he will have heard it all before.

Keep in mind that no two cases of MS present the same way, therefore MS Specialists have heard every single symtom which can affect the brain and nerves. The symtoms you have described over the last few days are all very typical of neurological disorders and none of them are life threatening, so you really need to stop thinking about it all the time and try to take your mind off it until you see your doctor and discuss options with him.

I know what I said is the hardest thing to do. And, I know how teribly scary this time is for you. I certainly dont dismiss your fears or your symtoms. But rest assured that what you are experiencing isnt going to kill you, and its definately caused by either stress, a disease, or even the change in weather (MS symtoms often pop up when the weather changes). You will get answers and you will find out that these things are things you can deal with....

Big hugs
Nikki
Thanks Nikki,
No offense taken. I have actually coped witht these "symptoms" for as long as I have had them by ignoring them. Spasms, contractions, burning sensations and sudden sharp headaches have become part of my daily living. As you mentioned these things come and go as they please. I guess I am just more sensitive to them now because they are happening more frequently and simultaneously.But I trust that as in the past, they will diminish in frequency and strength.
Blessed I think you are probably right that they will diminish with time, however it could also be a sign of a new attack. New lesions forming will cause all sorts of new symtoms. The trick, is not to fixate on them.

With that said, the solution is to know WHY its happening, so its good that you are seeing a specialist in the near future and probably will have repeated MRIs to show what IS going on. Hopefully they can then help you to prevent new lesions- new attacks and new symtoms.

Hugs
Nikki





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