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Old Symptom, More Severe--Leg "Drag" or "Drop"

Aug 27, 2011 - 0 comments
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possible ms

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Hashimoto's thyroiditis

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Hashimoto's Encephalopathy

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Leg drop

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leg drag

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nerve pain

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muscle pain

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Headache



After having a "good" day last Saturday and several not-so-good days Sunday-Tuesday, I woke up around 0800 Wednesday feeling better.  Still had morning stiffness and mild (2/10) body pain, but felt pretty good overall.  I had to take my boys (who have Asperger's/HFA) to ABA therapy at 1000, and I had a meeting at the same time in the same building.  I dropped them off at ABA and began walking to the other side of the building, on the flat sidewalk, to my meeting.  Three times, in a distance of about 50 yards or less, my foot dragged when I felt like I was walking normally.  Twice it was my right foot,once my left.  It was like I was walking along, thinking I was walking normally, and then my toes would drag and I would feel like I was going to trip.  After the second time, I started to pay very close attention to my walking because it almost felt like my legs weren't mine (if that makes sense).  Still, it happened once more walking into the other side of the building.  On the way back out, it happened once more with my right foot.  I have had this happen before (only once or twice at a time) but it was usually when I was extremely fatigued or had overdone it by walking almost all day or for several hours, not when I was just starting my day (essentially).  I began to get really worried that I was not going to be able to walk much longer.  There have been times when I couldn't walk and had to resort to using a wheel chair because either I collapsed, tripped and legs felt weak, or felt that I could no longer support my body weight (or was just in too much pain).  I had a lot of symptoms this day, including a headache that turned into a migraine (at this time, I had been having headaches every day, with off-and-on migraines, for three weeks).  

Later that night, I had severe nerve and muscular pain so bad that I had to take meds and have my DH help me to bed.  I couldn't go to sleep for several hours until the pain calmed down.  Despite now feeling like I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (borderline positive antithyroid antibody test, borderline hypothyroid, history of hypothyroid, multinodular goiter), I now started wondering if it was MS (which was what I originally thought 10 years ago but had a MRI without contrast 4 years ago and the neurologist said I was negative for MS and probably just needed antidepressants and weight loss).

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