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New technology helps MS patients

By Tracey Amick  bio | email

CHARLESTON SC (WCSC) - In 2003, Nicole Tassone fell while playing tennis. It took 2 years for her to find out  she had Multiple Sclerosis. "The nerves are being exposed because the mylan sheath is dissolving so when I think to do something like walk it doesn't communicate from here to here", Tassone said.

She had to quit tennis, because she couldn't run, and this mother of 2 says it was hard to live a normal life. MS causes extreme fatigue, and even with a cane, it was hard to get around. "I have something called drop foot so when your heel goes down your foot goes up- mine doesn't, it just drops causing you to fall", Tassone said.

 Then 6 months ago her doctor told her about a new device- the Bioness l300.

There's a leg cuff that wraps around the leg right under the knee and a heel sensor is secured in the shoe.  Then every time it's pressed,  a signal goes to the cuff and it fires an electrical charge making her foot rise.

While she's wearing it, she does have to stay 10 feet from the microwave. "My kids want to use the microwave (and yell) mom is your leg on? I call it my bionic leg", Tassone said.

After wearing it for 6 months she says it's changed her life.   "Its really helped my self esteem believe it or not because I was feeling trapped in my body... and now I don't look as obvious", Tassone said.

And for the first time since her diagnosois she has real hope for the future.

HealthSouth is the only local medical center that carries the  Bioness L-300. It costs around $6000.

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