Here is My Question:
Is This Banding Sensation in My Legs Due to MS? I know that banding, or girdling, sensations around the torso is a common symptom of MS, but can banding also be felt in the limbs?
In the past, I have experienced numbness that started in both feet that began to creep up my legs. Eventually it felt as if I were wearing strange ankle socks or had ace bandages wrapped around my ankles.
Over time, the slight constricting sensation would go away and reappear at times (often in the heat). The highest I’ve felt it is above both knees. It’s not painful, just a curious and annoying sensation.
MS can produce sensory illusions of a banding sensation. These can be experienced in any location based on where in the nervous system MS has affected. Your neurologist can help determine if the location of your prior MS involvement mate neuroanatomical sense for the sensory illusions you experience. She/he can also help determine if there is a symptomatic treatment strategy if the symptoms are severe.
A. Scott Nielsen MD MMSc
Neurologist and MS Specialist at Kaiser Permanente
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