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  • Greetings LadyWithAFan, and welcome!! Lots of good info here, thanks to Dave , our fearless leader. You keep on dancing, no matter what it looks like, lol!

    I can relate to the middle-school awkwardness. I routinely kicked my ankles when I walked, and was notorious for causing bodily harm to myself and bystanders during school sports.

    Keep on moving!


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    Liv__Well
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    My Two Numb Feet - An MS Diary

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    • Hi all -

      I was diagnosed four years ago after about 18 months of on-and-off tingling, screwy vision, poor balance, uncooperative legs — you know the deal.

      Told I had RRMS, I started a DMT right away. I'm pretty sure it has since transitioned to secondary progressive (my neurologist suspects so too but is waiting on an MRI I guess).

      I'm 44 now and have never been much of an athlete. But when I was 36 years old (before symptoms or diagnosis), I started going to the gym regularly. I got in pretty good shape and developed a real gym habit, which only took a break in the first six months after my diagnosis amid bouts of self-pity and fecklessness. I work out at home, because of COVID and maybe forever more; I'd rather use my energy to exercise than to haul back and forth between the gym, even though it's "only" a few blocks from here. (MS has re-shaped my notion of what's close and what's "walking distance.")

      I do about 20 minutes on a stationary bike five days a week (not easy, but a much better fit for my abilities than walking) and then a 10-minute leg/balance workout. Three days a week I do a more well-rounded strength and balance workout. It's not olympic-calibre stuff — unless walking in place on your tip-toes while you steady yourself on a chair is an Olympic event — but it gets the job done. The routines were developed by a local kinesiologist who specializes in working with people with MS and other brain malfunctions. (She was a HUGE find.)

      Looking forward to soaking up the wisdom of this community.

      - Dan

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      • Welcome! Glad you found Dave and his bunch of MS-ers! LOTS of good tips here from folks committed to staying active and fit. (And hey, I'll vote for a tippy-toe walking in place as an olympic event.)

        You're 100% right, whenever you find someone who specializes in MS or other neurological conditions to guide you towards maintaining your body it's huge. Stay tuned! Hope you find the info and insights here supportive.

        Keep on Moving!


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        Liv__Well
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        My Two Numb Feet - An MS Diary

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        • Dan! Man, glad to have you here. You'll hear gobs from me if you are signed up for our newsletters, so I'll keep my remarks brief. Plus, I gotta get in a quick workout!
          Dave Bexfield
          ActiveMSers

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