Cece wrote:Hugs, Vivianne. Say hi to Dr. Sclafani for me. I hope you get amazing results.
I was diagnosed with foot drop during the relapse that led to my MS diagnosis. Now, the neurologist never called it spasticity, leading to some confusion on my part: is foot drop the same as spasticity?
My foot improved several months after that relapse, but not back to baseline, and this was my leg that I'd had some issues with going back ten years before. My foot drop was still noticeable at the end of a long walk or going up the stairs or sometimes just at random. In all future neuro exams, I passed the foot drop portion of the exam. So I've called it minor, I've called it residual, I hate calling it straight-out foot drop in case it raises hopes, but it was definitely an issue for me and a pain in the ***. If there was a body part that frustrated me, it was my right foot. If I stumbled, it was my right foot. If I limped after overdoing, it was my right foot. If I was scared about my MS getting worse, it was my right foot as a reminder or a harbinger.
I had the procedure done in February, I noticed an early gait improvement just in the way it lined up better when walking, and then three months post-procedure, in May, the issues were just gone.
I expected cogfog to be gone, I expected fatigue to be gone*, and they weren't, although they were better. I did not expect my right foot issues to be gone, ever. You get used to stuff like that. It had been that way for over five years. It was definitely neurological, not vascular.
I have since done far more walking that what it would've taken to set that foot off, and nothing.
* it is too early to make the call but this week I have noticed cogfog and fatigue improvements, following my second procedure two weeks ago. Serious cogfog improvements. Fingers crossed.
re: footdrop - there is a single muscle, believe it or not, in your inner calf, which controls dorsiflexion, which is what you do when you raise the front part of your foot at the ankle.
In footdrop this muscle becomes weak. My left one has atrophied to where it is almost non-existent, through complete paralysis of that muscle, and the almost continuous wearing of and AFO leg brace for six or seven years.
That one muscle is the major reason I can't walk. It has had far-reaching effects, on my hips, core muscles, left knee, etc.