Walking speed a good gauge of MS disability, study says

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Walking speed a good gauge of MS disability, study says

Postby MSUK » Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:15 am

Measuring the walking speed of multiple sclerosis patients can help doctors assess progression of the disease and the severity of disability, a new study suggests.

In people with multiple sclerosis (MS), the immune system damages the protective myelin sheath around the body's nerves.

"We already know that the timed 25-foot walk test is a meaningful way to measure disability in MS," study author Dr. Myla Goldman, of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, said in a news release from the American Academy of Neurology. "Our study builds on that research by providing a clearer idea of how walk time can provide information about how a person's disease progression and disability impacts their everyday activities and real-world function.".......... Read More - http://www.ms-uk.org/qol
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Re: Walking speed a good gauge of MS disability, study says

Postby THX1138 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:51 pm

I couldn't help but wondering how what I have repeatedly experienced for over a year now fits into this measure of disability - I have repeatedly walked at least 30% faster on about a 200 foot walk.

This increase in walking speed (and quality) comes with the strong niacin flush (down to my feet).

I have been filming these walks and I am accumulating impressive footage. :-D

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Re: Walking speed a good gauge of MS disability, study says

Postby CureOrBust » Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:48 am

There is a reason the EDSS covers more than just walking.
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Re: Walking speed a good gauge of MS disability, study says

Postby THX1138 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:35 pm

CureOrBust wrote:There is a reason the EDSS covers more than just walking.


The niacin flush also greatly increases visual clarity, color saturation, energy levels, thought speed, balance, and typing speed. These improvements also have happened to me time and again with the strong niacin flush.

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Re: Walking speed a good gauge of MS disability, study says

Postby Cholderby » Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:11 pm

Can't help but feel that walking speed is a bad measure of my hands not working.
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