Hope the sun is shining wherever you are - need some advice please, or just some reassurance …
I’m still slowly recovering from a relapse in March when my right leg decided to pack up on me. It started with stiffness in the sole of my foot and progressed to a tightening/stiffness in my calf. I had a 5 day course of 500mg oral steroids which helped ease the stiffness and my walking improved from granny-like to slow and steady. Since then I have mostly had sensory symptoms which I know from experience can take ages to clear up. I know this will be a summer of discontent and impatience for me and I’ll just have to bear with it.
However, now my left leg seems to be the worst one. It started with a numb patch on the bottom of the heel. This is new as my numbness is usually towards the toes. Now my left foot feels very crampy and stiff in the middle of the sole which is making walking a bit difficult as my foot won’t flex when I walk. My calf is beginning to seize up and the leg is also tight behind the knee. I’m still using my stick for any walking over 20m as I can’t seem to manage without it but I can only hold it on the right side as my left hand has very little feeling on a good day and I drop it too often!
Oh, any my hands are playing up again. I’m not too bad on a proper keyboard but when I’m on my laptop I keep missing letters and the spacebar because I’m not hitting the keys properly as my fingers are too tingly. That’s a bit of a problem when my second job is typing in the evening for financial advisers and shed loads of typing has come through this week I may have to ask my boss there for a proper keyboard that I can plug into the laptop …
I’m hoping that it’s just because I’ve been favouring the left leg because the right one has been the problem one but as I was on the mend I’m not sure if I’m just trying to make excuses and convince myself. Is it possible for a relapse to switch sides after all this time? Has anyone else experienced this?
You’d think that after 4 years I would be an old hand at this MS malarkey but I still feel a bit of a newbie at times and it’s only my 4th official relapse so I’m still unsure what’s what at times.
Any advice gratefully received. [Yes, I know the old chestnut about resting but that’s not an option right now. I still have 5.5 weeks left at school before my 6 weeks off (hallelujah) when I can have a really good rest, and I have already promised to bake at least one cake tomorrow for my local MS Society branch’s Cake Break so no lie in then either - these things never happen at a good time]