RSI & legs; RSI & low blood pressure

Question: Please can anybody direct me to information about:

  • the progression of RSI symptoms from the arms to the legs as has happened to a friend of mine to a severely disabling extent;
  • the connection between RSI and abnormally low blood pressure?

Answer 1: I think anyone experiencing RSI-like symptoms in the legs needs to have a
full neurological examination in order to rule out any other causes. The numbness and tingling associated with RSI is a bit similar to what neurologists call parasthesia (med.speak for funny feelings) associated with (for example) Multiple Sclerosis. I know because I have had MS for many years and have recently developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in my hands. Some of the resulting feelings are quite similar but because I have had MS for so long I can tell which is caused by what, if you see what I mean. Numbness, aching and tingling in the legs could be a symptom of MS, so your friend really should get checked out. GPs can do a basic neurological examination, but your friend needs to be referred to a neurologist for anything fancier. Hope this is of use even though it isn’t very cheery information.

Answer 2: I don’t know of any particular information on this, but I experienced it when I had RSI, of the adverse mechanical tension variety. I am fine now, following AMT physiotherapy, trigger point massage, Alexander technique and various other techniques. Almost all the techniques mentioned work as well with leg muscles as with arm muscles. If your friend does have AMT type RSI, the good news is that it is highly treatable. The RSI-UK web site also has some info on AMT, mostly by me. I have no idea about the connection between RSI and abnormally low blood pressure.

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