Too old for MS at 60?

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sueg
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   Posted 2/25/2014 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Aren't these supposed to be the Golden Years? I might have Chronic Lyme or MS but I think I am too old for MS, right?

barbarann
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   Posted 2/25/2014 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
My first symptoms started at 56 - ten years ago. So 60 is possible.

sueg
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   Posted 2/25/2014 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
What medicines are you taking for the MS?
How long did it take for your diagnosis?
What were your first symptoms and have they increased in number? And do you have other family members with types of Autoimmune disease?

thanks!

Gretchen1
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   Posted 2/25/2014 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Most people are diagnosed in their late 20s to early 30s. It is possible to be diagnosed after 50 but it is rare. I was diagnosed just after my 43rd birthday.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

I have no lesions on my soul and so I live with no limits.

Bad Mojo
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   Posted 2/25/2014 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed at 43 but ignored symptoms/was misdiagnosed for almost 10 years. Once I had a brain MRI done--that showed multiple lesions in patterns consistent with MS, my official diagnosis only took less than 3 months, which is very fast for MS.

I take Tysabri as treatment...an infusion done every 28 days. I was on Copaxone (daily injection) but was taken off that after I had a bad relapse.

Everyone's symptoms are different--so comparing yours to others is meaningless. Some people were never diagnosed until their autopsy--it depends if the severity of your symptoms are enough for you to seek medical treatment. As I stated, I thought many of my early symptoms (fatigue, brain fog) were just me getting older. I was thought to have had a seizure once--which resulted in a brain MRI--that enabled my diagnosis. There is no history of MS in my family.
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