I agree, Gretchen, Crud says it all for me alot... the way I feel, when I goof up... and the reason the link is working is cos I edited it to ... sorry but I try to do the forum "insert link" thing when I did the link and it failed so then I just copied and pasted the link address and it became a link! Go figure... :)
But yeah, both of you got what I got out of it too, basically that "benign" isn't so benign after a while... and I think though I'm still mobile, it's so relative... for so long so many doctors just ignored the complaints, or poohed them off to "you're older" "you're out of shape" "you're overweight now" etc etc etc... that I just flat began to ignore so many symptoms that it just became second nature to adjust and cope. Until something major enough to get my GP's attention (it's always about timing! cos she could actually see for herself the problem with my right hand - no motor control and tremors)... that sent me to the neuro.
Now looking back, my goodness, I can't believe how many times, how many situations I thought it was "flu", or hubby thought I was getting sick but I never did, just felt so confounded awful, and the weakness, tripping, limping, pain, etc... heck, that's why now I wonder just what is an exacerbation because they sound like "normal" life most of the time to me on the roller coaster I've been on for so long!
That's why when he mentioned 'benign" it fascinated me though he chuckled about it commenting he never thought there was anything particularly "benign" about it either...
Uppity & Gretchen, I'm not a gambler either... if I need a med to prevent further harm, then so be it... if I can stay conservative and keep monitoring it, then I'll do that... I'm good with whatever... just want a course of action and knowing finally someone knows whats wrong. I think the worst part of all is remembering the way I was before all this came on... and age had nothing to do with it. ;)