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Simple things I now need to understand

Simple things I now need to understand

A few years ago I kidded myself that I could still do the things just like I did in the noughties. Simple things I now need to understand. “Don’t worry, I can do it” I shouted enthusiastically as I was starting jobs like cooking supper. It would all begin swimmingly. Suddenly, out of the blue, […]

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My MS clock has gone back a couple of years

My MS clock has gone back a couple of years

I started taking Fampridine just over a couple of weeks ago. Yes, YEs, YES it really has worked. Right now I’m not too sure if my walking speed has increased sufficiently to receive the drug beyond the trial period. That it will be a bummer. Put walking speed to one side then so many other […]

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Do my morning exercises

Do my morning exercises

As little as ten years ago I would wake up and get out of bed without a thought. Such bliss, such joy. Now when I wake up I always feel horribly stiff. It’s a huge effort to turn over onto my back so I can swing my legs out of bed and sit on the […]

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The FES has been a life changer

The FES has been a life changer

An FES was originally fitted over 18 months ago to help my footdrop. The FES has been a life changer. It makes me feel more confident, I have better balance and an I-can-do feeling. OK so I still need to use a rollator. The FES has been a life changer At my last visit in […]

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Life without a FES would be unthinkable

Life without a FES would be unthinkable

I have SPMS and seriously disabled with foot drop. I was fitted with a Functional Electrical Stimulator (FES) in December 2014. A consultant from Queens Square, London suggested that it would help my walking. At first I found it very fiddly to setup and this did not inspire me with confidence. Within a few days […]

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Drop Foot And The FES

Drop Foot And The FES

It’s now August 2015, time to think about my drop foot and the FES ; I have been using a Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) to help me walk since December 2014 that is 9 months. It is a dual channel FES. I cannot lift the toes or front of my left foot off the ground. I cannot […]

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Two channel FES

Two channel FES

I was fitted with a single channel Functional Electrical Stimulator (FES) in mid December.  Sixteen weeks later, at the end of March I was upgraded to a Two Channel FES. The original FES is only able to stimulate one muscle; the new one can stimulate two muscles. The original FES stimulates the muscle to lift the front of the foot. […]

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FES, 4 weeks later

FES, 4 weeks later

I was fitted  with a Functional Electric Stimulator (FES) in December 2014. No expectations FES has changed my life but not in ways that I was expecting. Actually I did not really have any expectations. I had not done any research into it; at times I’m so idle. I was only getting one fitted because […]

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28% Faster

28% Faster

A big question. Can I walk faster with an FES or Functional Electrical Stimulator? Will it help me? In my previous post about FES I explained how this gadget should help me with my walking. My second visit to the National Hospital for Neurology in Queen Square, London an FES was fitted. I then had a […]

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FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation)

FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation)

I have foot drop and it has got progressively worse over the last 10 years. FES my new walking aid Foot drop is a paralysis or muscular weakness that makes it very difficult to lift the front part of your foot and toes. It can also be called drop foot. It can cause you to drag your […]

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