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Round One Of Testing Is Completed

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Yesterday, I had testing done at the neurologist's office. I'll call this round one. Surprisingly enough, the part with the electrode response was especially painful in the scarring behind my right knee. (I had complications during a knee replacement early last year that no one was able to explain. I've been told it looks like a scar from a burn.) I couldn't even feel a response on the lower outside of either leg. The technician said that they use a faint current there. Faint current or not, that was the same area where the doctor got a weak response during my initial exam last week. During the needle test, I could hear the electrical current faintly but still had trouble feeling it. I go for the test results next Monday. I'm only slightly anxious because whatever the problem may be, it will occur whether or not I want to face it. I'm curious though because scientific things fascinate me.

I discussed the tests with my physical therapist this afternoon. She said that that same area showed up as a weak spot on her initial evaluation of me. Today she tested my hip flexibility and the left hip bends at 120 degrees and the right hip bends at 115 degrees. That is a big increase from my first test! At the initial test they were 110 degrees and 105 degrees respectively. Yay me! That may not seem like a big increase but the bend has improved two years post op (after two hip replacements and two major falls.)

The physical therapist evaluated my walking today. She reported that my leg strength has greatly improved since the beginning. I'm still dragging my left foot slightly but that's all it takes for a fall so she requested four more weeks of home therapy and some further input from my doctor's office.
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    355 days ago
    You are clearly working very diligently and I agree: that attitude of curiosity has got me through some tough spots in my life too!!
    358 days ago
    Sounds like progress for sure! Hoping you get more answers and most of all, more solutions. Good job on all that PT. I know you will keep up the good work!
    359 days ago
    This all sounds like good improvements! I know the test had to be scary and it might be scary to hear the results, but they are just numbers and you have shown you can already improve them even dealing with all that you have on your plate. So good for you!
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    360 days ago
    Congratulations on your hard work and progress! You have come a LONG WAY! Keep up the good work and hoping the testing will provide some actionable information for you and, at the very least, help you understand what's going on with your body. emoticon
    360 days ago
    Great new on your improvements. Whatever test results you get, you have proven that you can get through it!
    361 days ago
    Such good news to hear that you have some improvements. I hope the testing gives you some direction to go for further improvement. My exhusband is a PT and he swears that he can tell the patients that do their homework exercises from those that don't and it makes all the difference in doing them. Good luck with the coming therapy.
    361 days ago
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