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    Question:   My 71-year-old mother is having great difficulty with her right leg kicking up unexpectedly. This started about 4-5 months post right knee replacement surgery. It has caused an active woman to be reduced to a fearful, wheel-chair bound invalid. She has fallen so much from the unexpected leg movement that she has bruised and bashed almost every part of her body. She even kicks up in the wheel chair, especially when wheeling (maneuvering with her feet) forward...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I have been suffering from cervical dystonia for at least 1 year. It started with a jerk in the head and now my face turns on the left side and I'm unable to move on the right side. I have taken Rivotril and also had botox injection twice, but it is not helping me. Can you suggest any alternative treatment?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   Is prednisone used for tendinitis? If so, how long would it ordinarily take to see some results? An MRI was done on me to confirm the diagnosis. I am not getting much relief after 8 days of 5 mg. per day dosage. Do you have any information on the treatment of tendinitis?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer