Hello. I'm a 38 year-old male with SPMS and I'd like to ask a question. As it is, I'm wheelchair bound, at 7.0 EDSS, and since I am too far into progression for a stem-cell transplant I've been on chemo (mitoxantrone) for just under a year. But none of that is really relevant to my question:
I know that most people with MS die from pneumonia. But how does one get pneumonia with MS? What I mean is, I've gone my whole life without getting pneumonia, it's not a very common thing, is it? At my fast rate of decline I'm probably going to want to die anyway, I already do, but I don't want to die by pneumonia. I hear it's a horrible death. So what is it about MS that makes one more susceptible? I guess that's my question. Also, is a cold or flu dangerous for me? Should I worry if I get a cold?