My slight detour, due to that spastic, great toe curl, prompted a visit to my physical medicine doctor earlier this week. This nuisance is quiet frustrating. After all, it’s difficult to walk gracefully with a curled toe, isn’t it?!? Little did I know, my great toe would become my wrinkled toe. Let me share.
So What is Spasticity?
Spasticity is a common symptoms for most MS patients and varies from person to person. It interfers with life and daily activities. You could experience feelings of muscle stiffness, muscles spasms, twitching and like me, digits that contract, bend and are difficult to straighten. It’s often worse at night or when fatigued. The locations are typically extremities, legs, arms, joints and the lower back. The legs tend to be the most common location.
How is Spasticity Treated?
Since symptoms often vary for patients, it’s extremely important to consult your physician and seek treatment recommendations. There are multiple treatment choices based upon specific needs to help:
o Medications: Oral, Pump
o Phenol Injection: Specific Motor Nerve Blocker
o Botox Injection: Specific Nerve Blockers
o Physical Therapy and /or Occupational Therapy
Please remember, the above is just a snap shot for the “what is” and “how to” regarding spasticity. There may be additional recommendations, no doubt, that your physician may suggest! Give them a call, you won’t be disappointed!
I arrived at my physicians office for my visit. Following my history, a look at my wonderful great toe, he felt I would benefit from Phenol Injection. My physician then performed a diagnostic block to ensure I would respond to Phenol. I passed and was deemed a good candidate! Happy Dance! I will return to his office in one month for the actual medication.
One problem! He felt Phenol would be too strong for my great toe. “Defeating” our common goal to straighten my toe. Instead, he’d prefer to use Botox. “Botox?” I asked. “Yes.” “I prefer to try the conservative route initially for a toe.” “Botox?” I asked again with a puzzled look. “Do you mean I have a wrinkled toe?” He just looked at me, shook his head and smiled. Humor, without it, I’m not sure how I would manage these detours!
A successful visit indeed, wrinkled toe and all. So grateful for the many blessings and options He provides each and every day. Helping me to remain positive, to keep my sense of humor and to manage the detours that are dealt my way. Not always easy but never giving up, reaching for that prize, with Him right by my side!
Enjoy your weekend!
“Count Your Blessings”