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  • SusanOlive

    Any assistance?

    Thanks,
    Sue

  • DogLover
    I have the knee buckling whenever I am having a flare-up or am very tired. I always called it my "chicken walk". Fortunately my knee never completely gave out, just bent on my right side. I also found my brain not working right, although at the time 12 years ago cognitive issues were not as well known as a side effect of MS. I try to cover it up as much as possible, but know it is not that easy. I have always been a brainiac so this part of the disease has been very difficult for me, but I assume that is the battle that God gave me, instead of the physical disability part of MS. I did step down from my accounting manager position when first diagnosed with MS and have had to change my priorities to accomodate this disease. It is not always easy, but your health is more important than a career (although I know it is important to keep your job, especially if you are single like me). Good Luck!
  • MS_Navigator_Robin
    Hi Sue,

    Thanks for posting! 

    In regards to your buckling knee, we don't have a lot of information on this subject.  I found one reference in a guide designed for healthcare providers that states:

    Weakness results from both interrupted neurotransmission and disuse. Weakness can cause buckling of the lower limbs, clumsiness, slowness of movement, and loss of power.

    Strengthening exercises may improve strength of muscles that are weak from disuse but will not improve muscle weakness secondary to poor transmission. Managing weakness must be done in conjunction with management of spasticity and fatigue to be effective.


    If you're having trouble performing at your job, it might be time to initiate a conversation about workplace accommodations.  Reading Win-Win Approach to Reasonable Accommodations: Enhancing Productivity on Your Job is a good place to start; the Job Accommodation Network can also provide expert advice about finding ways to be successful in spite of impairments.

    I hope that helps!
    Robin 
  • RicoDCG
    My name's Rico. I was in the USAF for 20 years (1981 - 2001); however, I was diagnosed with MS close to the start of my 19th year in the Air Force.  Anyway, 4-months after being diagnosed, I was walking around the neighborhood with my wife and daughter. Then, out of nowhere, both my knees buckled at the same time. In a instant, I went from: a standing position; hitting my rear on the sidewalk; a squatting position for a second, or two; then wobbling my arms frantically in a sub-conscience attempt to stand back up straight~which I did. Immediately thereafter, I looked at my wife and daughter and we all began laughing so hard because of how fast everything occurred and what I looked like in my attempt to stand back up. Thinking the episode was nothing more than some kind of weird fluke (my knees never buckled before this in any shape, form or fashion) and after the three of us stopped laughing, we began to resume our walk; problem was though, it happened again. The first two, or so times this happened we all laughed so hard, it's amazing none of us wet ourselves. However, after this continued, my family's smiles quickly disappeared and everyone began to worry. My daughter actually became very anxious and started crying asking me in a very alarming voice, "What's wrong Pop!?!!" In a calm voice I told her not to worry, but to run back and get our neighbor to come pick me up. After notifying my neurologist and walking around like a duck for nearly a week (I thought I was on my way to being bedridden), my neurologist came across this (or very similar condition) in one of her MS books. She titled my knee buckling problem as a "paroxysmal positive motor disturbance". Her cure was to put me on Dilantin~an anti-seizure medicine. If my memory serves me correctly, I was walking normal again the same day; however, my knees continually buckled regardless of whether, or not I was just standing, or walking. But get this--my knees DO NOT buckle when I run. In regards to the Dilantin; well, once again, relying just on my memory I believe I was on it for three, or four months. Since then (the end of 2000) to present, my knees continue to buckle (whenever they feel like it...lol) I'm standing and walking; but again, THIS DOES NOT happen when I run. Further, I've never been put back on Dilantin (or any other medicine for that matter) for this condition. I came to this site to see if I could find anyone else in the MS community that had the same symptoms I have (my knees buckle spontaneously when I'm walking and standing, but NOT when I'm running). That's when I came across your 6-year old response to the person who felt like they walked like a chicken. I hope you find my response helpful/informational/interesting and I'd be glad to hear/talk with anyone out there about the same topic. I'd really like to hear from you or anyone out there that can tell me if they are experiencing they same symptoms I am. Ciao for now and Best Wishes to you and anyone else reading this post. Regards....Rico
  • RicoDCG
    This is Rico again. Oops, I forgot: my email is rgregg719@aol.com 
  • SusanOlive
    Thanks Dog Lover. 

    I like your term chicken walk, you have to keep a sense of humor.  I thought it was going to stay that way, but I've been working on moving my leg and strenthening my knee.   I guess I'll just have to do the "Funky Chicken" every now and then. 

    Horse Crazy & Dog Lover - my black lab - Remi.
  • RicoDCG
    My name's Rico. I was in the USAF for 20 years (1981 - 2001); however, I was diagnosed with MS close to the start of my 19th year in the Air Force.  Anyway, 4-months after being diagnosed, I was walking around the neighborhood with my wife and daughter. Then, out of nowhere, both my knees buckled at the same time. In a instant, I went from: a standing position; hitting my rear on the sidewalk; a squatting position for a second, or two; then wobbling my arms frantically in a sub-conscience attempt to stand back up straight~which I did. Immediately thereafter, I looked at my wife and daughter and we all began laughing so hard because of how fast everything occurred and what I looked like in my attempt to stand back up. Thinking the episode was nothing more than some kind of weird fluke (my knees never buckled before this in any shape, form or fashion) and after the three of us stopped laughing, we began to resume our walk; problem was though, it happened again. The first two, or so times this happened we all laughed so hard, it's amazing none of us wet ourselves. However, after this continued, my family's smiles quickly disappeared and everyone began to worry. My daughter actually became very anxious and started crying asking me in a very alarming voice, "What's wrong Pop!?!!" In a calm voice I told her not to worry, but to run back and get our neighbor to come pick me up. After notifying my neurologist and walking around like a duck for nearly a week (I thought I was on my way to being bedridden), my neurologist came across this (or very similar condition) in one of her MS books. She titled my knee buckling problem as a "paroxysmal positive motor disturbance". Her cure was to put me on Dilantin~an anti-seizure medicine. If my memory serves me correctly, I was walking normal again the same day; however, my knees continually buckled regardless of whether, or not I was just standing, or walking. But get this--my knees DO NOT buckle when I run. In regards to the Dilantin; well, once again, relying just on my memory I believe I was on it for three, or four months. Since then (the end of 2000) to present, my knees continue to buckle (whenever they feel like it...lol) I'm standing and walking; but again, THIS DOES NOT happen when I run. Further, I've never been put back on Dilantin (or any other medicine for that matter) for this condition. I came to this site to see if I could find anyone else in the MS community that had the same symptoms I have (my knees buckle spontaneously when I'm walking and standing, but NOT when I'm running). I hope you find my response helpful/informational/interesting and I'd be glad to hear/talk with anyone out there about the same topic. I'd really like to her from anyone out there that can tell me if they are experiencing they same symptoms I am. My email is: rgregg719@aol.com. Ciao for now and Best Wishes to you and everyone else reading this; Regards....Rico
  • Ant
    The knee buckling happens to me frequently. Fatigue gets to me after short periods of activity and both legs stop working my knees buckle and I am on the ground. It happened this morning at work after about 20 minutes of work. The thing I miss the most is walking my dog. I also make mistakes at work or can't remember how to do a task I know well. My neurologist gave me Baclofen for spasticity, an AGO brace for foot drop and told me to get a walker. Also sent me back to physical therapy. I can relate and I wish you the best. I would try physical therapy and talk to Dr about when your knees buckle. MS and fatigue go hand in hand.