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Old 02-10-2008, 04:30 PM   #1
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Question Anyone Diagnosed after age 50

I know that all the medical documents say peak age for diagnosis of MS is age 20 - 40 or 20 - 50 depending on which ones you read. Has anyone here been diagnosed at age 50 or after? I am 50yo F and started having symptoms last year. Brain MRI came back normal. However, ortho doctor still suspected MS because of my continuing symptoms: fatigue, severe leg weakness to the point of having trouble getting up stairs, shocking sensations in legs and back, numbness/tingling in legs and arms. He ordered cervical/thoracic MRI which showed demyelinating disease in the cervical MRI. He is sending me to neuro. for diagnosis/further testing.
Anyone else 50 or older when diagnosed . . . . . . .

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Old 02-10-2008, 05:47 PM   #2
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Re: Anyone Diagnosed after age 50

HI Carreg. Sorry to hear you are having this problem...I was dx a month before my 40th birthday, but I do know of several people in my MS group who were dx at the age of 50+. ITs a strange disease- it can hit at any time. people are getting dx with it at a younger and older age then what used to be, probably because doctors are finding out more and more about the disease every day.
Your symtoms do sound very MS like...instead of a regular Neuro, how bout looking into a MS Specialist? Youll get your answers a heck of a lot sooner. THey both rule out and dx MS every day.
I wish you well..
RRMS- dx 05

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Old 02-10-2008, 05:53 PM   #3
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Re: Anyone Diagnosed after age 50

Hello Carreg,

Yes, I was diagnosed in my late fifties, just last summer. I'd had odd symptoms for the past ten years, ranging from sciatica episodes, vertigo, pins and needles in both feet, shingles, blurring vision, and daily headaches.

I've heard both sides to the issue of whether late onset means mild or rapid progression, and will just wait and see.

The best thing I've done is to eat differently for the past year - no meat, dairy, as little fat as possible, and now eating three to five fruits and veggies every day, drinking decaff, and lots of water. I've lost weight, dropped many clothing sizes, and have no headaches - truly, none.

I am on copaxone - seven months now, and find it easier each month.

I wish you luck - take the best of care that you can

Old 02-10-2008, 11:56 PM   #4
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Re: Anyone Diagnosed after age 50

Count me in! I was diagnosed at age 60, after seeing two general neuros., and finally an MS Specialist who diagnosed me in two days. I was put on Rebif two weeks later.

So far, I'm in the remission stage for four years. My neuro thinks I have had it since my forties. I dismissed the fatigue, numbness,, clumbsiness, pain as just getting older. But when the cognitive symptoms came, I knew something was very wrong. My first neuro passed it off as "just getting older"

But, I couldn't remember my address, couldn't multi-task, etc. After a year of this, he finally relented and I had my neuropsych. testing. It confirmed all the glitches I had been experiencing, but still no diagnosis.

I was tested for Lymes, Lupus, other connective tissue diseases, B12 deficiency, had MRI"S with four lesions, MRA to look for an arterial problem, spinal tap that only showed high protein .

By the time I was diagnosed, four years later, I had ten brain lesions. My MS so far is mild, but we're hoping to keep it that way. My last MRI showed no increase in lesions, so hopefully the Rebif is working.

I hope you get answers soon. Gabbylady

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