Saturday, November 12, 2011
I have been ill fighting some kind of bugs from a UTI, cold, and dental work. My system has been under attack which makes the MS symptoms increase. I had to cut down on the workouts with more rest days in between them and shorten the length of them.
I continue to workout. Today was a 2.15 mile walk. It was all my muscles could do before they turned off.
Recently I tried out The Bioness L-300 plus for foot drop and Quad weakness. I am posting my impression of the device for anyone who has these issues.
I tried out the New Bioness L300 plus for the quadriceps. The rep was kind enough to come out to my house. I already owned the bioness L300 for foot drop for several years. It still works great. It has been a very good investment for me.
The bioness L300 Plus is a muscle stimulator for the quads. It can be set to stimulate the quads or the hamstrings - where ever the muscles are weak. However it can't do both at the same time. I did try the hamstring mode, but I it made me more unstable.
I needed it more for the quads. My thighs get the feeling like they want to buckle going down hills and at other inopportune times. I have a steep hill in the backyard that over the years has gone from being easy to walk down to looking threatening. The rep first applied it on one thigh along with the bottom part for the foot drop. The two parts can be used separately. I used both due to my needs.
Going down the hill before it was turned on made my heart pound with fear. I slowly walked down with great difficulty and concern over falling. Then the rep turned it on at the bottom of the hill. I climbed up and down the hill like a goat when it was on. My stability increased as well as the ability to climb up and down the hill. My speed increased dramatically. I didn't need my nordic poles to go up and down the hill where as before I needed it. It worked great.
Then I had her apply the other "good" leg with the unit. My walking balance, strength, speed improved even better. It improved my overall gait. My good leg tends to overcompensate for the bad leg, so it fatigues easy. Even though technically I don't have foot drop my heel catches on the ground off and on. The bioness resolved this issue and helped to strengthen my quad so I had more stability. Even though this leg does not officially need the bioness when used with the other set, it made me feel like my legs weren't as heavy, like I could do more. It gave my muscles the feeling of strength. I had more confidence in my walking.
The rep had me do squats with the bioness on and off. When they are turned off I could not go down very far and felt unstable. With them on, I could go down much deeper and my muscles felt more activated or turned on. It felt like the exercise was more effective.
The next two days after trying the device my quads have been sore, weak feeling. I believe I ran up and down the hill so many times (she told me to stop, but I over did it) that I wore out my quads. So I have been recooperating.
I am very impressed with the improved bioness L300 plus. I would love to have a set of them. They run in the $4000. range. I feel I really need the pair and an additional unit for my good foot. One day I hope to save up for them. Insurance usually does not cover the units. They are well worth the investment to keep your body walking and moving.
For me to get the set for both thighs it would be $8000 or more and I would need the foot drop portion for my good leg, which I think runs an additional $8000 ish.
Currently the only people who get medical coverage have an incomplete spinal injury. However, the rep said if you appeal many times sometimes you can get the insurance to approve. She said the people who get coverage fight and there neuro will also fight for them.
The only thing I can do is pray that someone makes it possible.
Oh, if you want to participate in a trial with these, there is one going on she said in Long Beach or LA area. She wasn't sure of the area but she said that you have to travel to the facility every 4 weeks or so.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Why I have been feeling run down, dizzy, weak. I have a UTI.
Friday, October 28, 2011
My eyes are heavy, my legs are full of lead, I don't feel like moving. I want to SLEEP. It's not that I don't want to move. It's fatigue. Yup, I got plenty of sleep last night. Why does MS rob one's energy? I have read that it affects the level of ATP or adenoline triphosphate in the mitochondria. Sigh. I want more Darn IT !!!
I am experimenting with supplements that increase it in my body, but that takes time.
IS MS just an excuse or is it a cause ??? Well partly both. It makes it easier to make excuses as to why its easier to sit rather than move. It's something I fight each day.
Medically I know it exists. I feel its effects on me everyday. It does affect my walking, balance, cognitive skills, speech, and so much more.
I think I will surf spark people for inspiration.
Today I had to wait until noon to start moving. I couldn't stand up without help. I CHOOSE HEALTH, OVERCOMING LIMITATION, DISABILITIES, ILLNESS with lifestyle changes.
My first workout is a one mile walk. I won't let MS be an excuse to sit around on my BUTT !!!
I am STRONGER THAN MY EXCUSES !!!
My procrastination to get started and health issues will not stop ME !!!
For If I were to stop I would not make PROGRESS.
I will Succeed. No excuse will keep me from reaching my goals.
I got it done. Now I am all smiles. Later on when my energy is re-cooped I will do more. That is how I do it, in chunks, little by little, step, by step.
If you don't get started today, when will you get started ???
Is there really a reason not to start NOW ???
Just for FUN !!!
Just for FUN !!!
Some Last thoughts !!!
YOU HAVE GOT TO CREATE UNSTOPPABLE ENERGY FOR YOURSELF !!!
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