Thanks guys! Fortunately, Steve's MS was very slow in progression till he was middle-aged...and he didn't know he had MS until 2005...didn't know why he had urinary urgency, ED, chronic clumsiness, chronic constipation, why he was sleepy all the time, why he had increasing balance problems, nervous ticks, increasing difficulty learning and remembering, etc. He simply accepted all these symptoms as part of life and focused on working hard. I date Steve's MS back to age 10 when he spent a week in the hospital with fever, weakness, and malaise. At the time, rheumatic fever was suspected, but there was never any conclusive diagnosis. The urinary urgency started in his late teens, and the occasional ED showed up in his early twenties. The other symptoms crept in over time, but they all worsensed only very slowly until middle-age when they all began to accelerate.
Joyce (aka cypriane)~caregiver and advocate in Dallas for Steve (SPMS)----"Enter through the narrowgate..."