I have PPMS I have had it since I was five. I was not diagnosed until I was 46. That said the neurological brain damage was never in question, just the cause. It usually does not show up until late 40's or 50's. I did not know anything was wrong until now at 48. I am having trouble walking. It has been my Doctors who found bad Neurological signs. I have had symptoms all a long they have come on so gradually I would not have really noticed until now. Even now I would have thought it was do to hard manual labor.
My first signs were trouble swallowing and double vision at the age of two, I was hospitalized. The swallowing has come and gone. The vision is permanent. Then I had vertigo, left side weakness, cognitive issues, migraines, and depression permanently before the age of five. My parents either did not understand or care so I was expected to live a normal life so I did.
I did not notice the tingling so when I was sent to a Neurologist in 2007 I did not bring it up or any of my other symptoms. I did not know they weren't normal. I had pain, tingling, zaps, vertigo, etc.
I do notice I am now losing the use of my left leg more and more. I also notice my hands are being effected.
All the MS Specialists I have seen think in my case it is simply a watch and wait thing. I am not on any of the treatments. For me I agree with them. I do not have new activity on MRIs it is old damage.
This is a really good summarize of all your long story, Alex. I sure would like to see more peoble tell how PPMS has been for them. It would be educating to see how different it can be.
(Sorry about my English)
My best to you all,
Your English is fine. I do not know any Icelandic. May be you could teach me some basic phrases? I would love to go to Iceland some day if I ever get the money to travel. I especially want to ride an Icelandic pony and see the Glaciers.
I have Primary Progressive MS, I was initially diagnosed in July 2010, with a final diagnosis this past February.
My MS was triggered when I was assaulted by a student in the classroom I was substitute teaching. I sustained a closed head injury. So, it is somewhat difficult to differentiate between that and the MS. I instantly had a blinding headache which led my doctor to order an MRI of my head. That is when the many lesions were found.
My first symptom was probably a loss of balance. It was severe. Weakness in my legs was next, and that has been the main problem. Along with that, I have bilateral footdrop I am now in a wheelchair due to that weakness. I have had speech issues, and some other things. I also have spacticity, and pain for which I take medications.
After robbing me of my legs it appears to have slowed in its progress. I hope it stays that way. I try to continue to keep as strong and limber as possible, both physically and emotionally.
I have PPMS... I started having symptoms right after my 3rd child was born... It was several years later before I was diagnosed... I didn't realize I was having symptoms at the time... I just thought I was clumsy...lol... When I actually went to the doctor for it I was having numbness and tingling in my wrist and arm... It seems like after that initial visit my symptoms really progressed rapidly...
Every day it seemed like I would wake up with a new symptom... It had everyone baffled... My PCP was actually the one who brought of the idea of MS... I often wonder had they diagnosed me with MS way back when symptoms first started if I would be better today... I was in a wheelchair before finally getting diagnosed...
I'll be praying,
Thank you all for your comments :). I did not realize that MS could be triggered by an assault, that is awful. But why, Carol, do you think you would be better today if you knew earlier? Is there a medicine, you have been taking or is it because you would have started some kind of exercises or program earlier?
Alex, yes the glaciers are great here and the horses are so beautiful, and so much, much more. So if you will be here one day, you need ofcourse to start your Icelandic lessions ;).
Shall we begin with:
Good morning=Godan daginn
Best regards=bestu kvedjur
Nice to meet you= gaman ad hitta thig
Ok, you're done for the day ;)