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Familial spastic paraparesis - can muscle spasms be helped
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Familial spastic paraparesis - can muscle spasms be helped

My dad has FSP/HSP. Disabled at 57. Now 73 in wheelchair all the time. Already has had bladder problems. He has muscle spasms many times every day and night and kicks his wife at night all the time. Also the spasms keep him awake at night.
   He also has pain in his feet when he puts feet up (recliner or bed). Sleeps on his side, he cannot lay on his back in bed. No pain with legs hanging down from wheelchair.
   Doctors do not have answers and are not helping with this feet pain or leg spasms.
   Any suggestions?
   Anything we can ask /tell nuero doctors?
Thanks for your help.
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Perhaps an evaluation for spasticity management can be completed. This can either be done by a neurologist or a physical medicine rehabilitation doctor who specializes in spasticity. He may benefit from medicatiions such as Baclofen, Ativan, or a muscle relaxant (such as Zanaflex). If this fails some patients benefit from the implantation of a pump which places medication directly into the spinal fluid. If you are in the area we have several doctors at the Cleveland Clinic who specialize in this. Good luck.
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