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I suffer with TM and when i walk the calf muscles in my legs

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I suffer with TM and when i walk the calf muscles in my legs become hard and i find it difficult to walk Please help to resolve this
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Shantal-Mod replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  FamilyPhysician replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your question:

Since different people may use the same abbreviation for different medical terms, can you clarify the diagnosis "TM"?

How long have you had these symptoms?

What treatment are you receiving?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I have had Transverse Myelitus since 2000


 


The symptoms started about 3 years ago and was given Baclefen (i think thats how its spelt) to relax the muscles but this did not help.


 


I also have a pain stimulator fitted in abdomen to help with the pain in my lower back and take pain killers when pain to bad


 


Roger

Expert:  FamilyPhysician replied 2 years ago.
There are a number of other medications that may be useful in treating spasticity in TM patients.

Diazepam (Valium), dantrolene (Dantrium), tizanidine (Zanaflex) are examples of some other options.

Another approach is use of Botulinum toxin (Botox) injections.

These 2 articles may be of interest to you:
http://myelitis.org/newsletters/v6n1/newsletter6-1-03.htm#.U4SI_S-eCaM
http://myelitis.org/symptoms-conditions/spasticity/spasticity-management/

Physical therapy is another mainstay of treatment - increasing strength and flexibility. I would suggest asking your doctor to refer you to a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) specialist or a neurologist with a special interest in this condition.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thank you for the articles There is information I didn't know in them


I will print them off and show my doctor on the next visit

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