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Newbie... in PPMS is this a flare or exacerbated symptom?

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Old 03-09-2012, 06:59 AM   #1
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Newbie... in PPMS is this a flare or exacerbated symptom?

Newly diagnosed (age 55) and do not see the MS specialist until next week. I need to know what to call an event that happened Tuesday. Every day I have all the standard symptoms in rotation or all at once: burning/tingling, numbness, fatigue, vertigo, know the drill. Tuesday my leg became numb, burned almost intolerably, could not bear weight and was virtually immobile. This lasted roughly 8 hours. Was this a flare or just and exacerbated and extended neuropathic symptom issue?
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:40 AM   #2
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Re: PPMS is this a flare or exacerbated symptom?

I am a progressive MSer and I have daily problems. I count all of my symptoms daily and track the long term pains to advise my neuro. I do not specify flare or other....I count them as my MS problems. I generally ignore those which bother me daily as they are part of my "normal" daily life. When a problem persists for more than a day, I note it for my neuro. My leg could be described as what you experienced, only mine cycles through and lasts for 2-6 months. I use a heating pad and this kills the pain for me. My neuro recommended cold compresses, but these did nothing. My GP gave me some demerol, but it did not work and I never had another dose. For me the heating pad literally "melts" away the pain. This does not work for every MSer, but I know my neuro passed my heating pad advise on to others and many of them got relief.

I have learned that if I use the heating pad early, I can "recover" more quickly than any other method At the slightest "hint" I will stop, rest, and heat.

Try some cold compresses first.
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