4 patient evaluations for Treadmill

Apr 12, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (slow movement (bradykinesia), dystonia)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: The treadmill has several advantages over walking on a track or outdoors. If you're prone to freezing, you probably won't freeze on a treadmill. Also, you can hold on to the rails if you have balance problems. And by increasing the slope, you can dramatically increase the effort without having to raise the speed and risk injury. I also find that if I push really hard, holding on to the rails helps me go faster and/or farther than I would be able to otherwise. If I go too fast, too far, or too often, I find I am a lot slower the next time I try the treadmill. I also am prone to getting dystonia if I overdo it. But one unexpected benefit is that if I push hard, then get adequate rest, I tend to get noticeably faster after just a few sessions. And if I do get dystonia from doing something, I can do that same thing a few more times and I adjust so that dystonia doesn't happen.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Apr 26, 2010 (Started Sep 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for gait training)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for ataxia (lack of coordination))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (paresthesia)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 min Daily
Advice & Tips: Paresthesia began kicking in sooner and sooner. When it began kicking in within a minute of 2mph walking, I shifted to ab crunches.
Side effects: paresthesia

Mar 14, 2010 (Started Sep 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for gait training)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for ataxia (lack of coordination))
  • Side effects
    Mild (paresthesia)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 min Daily
Advice & Tips: At first (months ago) I tried using the treadmill as commonly advised (i.e., gradually increasing time and slope for aerobic exercise). I soon learned that approach left me exhausted. After consulting with fellow MSers at my monthly support group, I changed my treadmill routine to two 5-minute walks per day. The new schedule is working much better primarily because it's sustainable. It maintains my limberness and gait quality, but doesn't help much with weight loss. When I don't treadmill, my legs hurt more, and my gait quality (including drop foot) deteriorates. I typically use my walker every time I go out (for safety and fatigue management) so the treadmill supplies my only serious gait practice.
Side effects: paresthesia

Dec 29, 2009 (Started Sep 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for improve stamina)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 min Daily
Advice & Tips: increases fatigue; several times a week, I'm too fatigued to exercise; hope that will improve with time
Side effects: paresthesia

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Apr 19, 2010 (Started Mar 27, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for weight loss)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anxiety and frustration)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed

Mar 29, 2010 (Started Mar 27, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for weight loss)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anxiety and frustration)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 90 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Developed severe headaches immediately after walking on the treadmill.

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