I was recently confirmed benign MS (probably past 25 years) with nothing but sensory disturbances (mostly annoying paresthesias in weird places). Past winter, developed persistent buzzing in various places not related to dermatomes, also significant prickling, numbness that caught md husbands attention and MRI to rule out cauda equina syndrome. Found no compression but moderate L4L5 central stenosis (neurologist said was aggressive read, he did not agree and did not think it was causing my symptoms and ordered full MS workup and concluded, in my gut, its MS and"I'm never wrong"). Since has always been nothing more than intermittantly annoying, I left it at that.
However, in the context of this, I have developed severe muscle cramping in my lower buttocks and hamstrings (both legs) - sometimes feel as if something is pulling my butt down to the ground, difficult to walk. Occasionally, when I get up from sitting, or while walking, my right proximal adductor seems to dramatically "catch" for a few moments, if I wait it settles down as if nothing happened. (Everybody around me stares, it's embarrassing!) I was in physical therapy last spring with severe pain on standing, PT said contracture of left obuturator internus muscle. Things slowly got better but now this. Is worse in evening, use flexaril for sleep, first few hours in morning are difficut. Goes away with activity for afternoon, early evening. Primary thinks its the stenosis, husband disagrees, have not been back to neuro or PT. Any thoughts?View Thread
Thank you all for your replies. The good news is, that in the last week or so, the spasms and walking difficulty have disappeared - still have some occasional tightness in proximal hamstrings and right adductors but does not limit my activity or interfere with sleep ( do not need flexaril to sleep at the moment). Since this coincides with a month since any "buzzing" and maybe 10 days since any facial paresthesias, I am going to assume its MS related, rather than any central stenosis problems. (At Nov. appt with neuro, he said lesions in brain either regressed or gone so maybe getting better?) Since I can still ski, I am happy! We'll see what happens when planting season rolls around...View Thread