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Sunday, October 19, 2008 carol, Community Member, asks

Q: can a man in his 60s get ms?

my husband just turned 62.  he has not been diagnosed with ms, but i feel his symptoms fit relapsing remitting ms. and i am scared! 

 

 he had a short episode 2 yrs ago with inability to stop his speech and weakness in legs.  i thought "stroke" and gave his an asprin and immediately took him to hospital.  all scans and testing -normal.  doctors put him on a blood thinner.  about 6 mo. ago he had visual impairment at work.  this lasted about 8-9 hrs.  last weekend he suffered visual, plus motor impairment---legs---and arms with slurred speech.  he also seemed altered mentally.   this lasted several days.  he had 2 mri's in the hospital.  nothing was found. 

 

i hope i am wrong to think ms.  isn't 60 too old for new diagnosis of ms?

carol hensley

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Merely Me, Health Guide
10/20/08 4:34pm

Hey Carol

 

I am not a doc either...just someone who has MS but...in this case I would trust in science and if he had two MRI's and nothing is showing up then I am thinking it is unlikely to be MS.  Did they do an MRI of his spine as well as his brain?  What other tests did they do?  And what possible diagnoses did they tell you about? 

 

Now is the time to be assertive and ask what possible explanations there could be for his symptoms.  Keep a written record of his symptoms, when they happened, for how long and how intense they were. 

 

In my case I had one isolated symptom of Optical Neuritis over ten years ago, had a scan back then, which didn't show any lesions.  Move forward in time to just a year ago and now the MRI shows lesions.  So it is possible to have an MRI which doesn't show anything and then later the lesions show up. 

 

From what you have said though, I would think by this point in time with his age and with the symptoms you are describing that if it were MS...it would show up on the MRI by now.  But again I am not a neurologist.  You have to be persistent in asking the docs what could be causing these symptoms and then go through a process of elimination.

 

I sure hope you get this all figured out soon.  I am sure you are very worried.  Write back and let us know how things go.  Thank you for your question.

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Jackie_D, Community Member
10/19/08 11:39pm

First, I am not an expert on this by any means. I'm newly diagnosed myself, and so I am just passing on information that I have found by reading and studying everything I can find about MS.

 

From what I have read, typically people are diagnosed between 20 and 40 years old. However, children as young as 5 years old and seniors as old as their 70s have been diagnosed. Really, any age can have it. They just usually diagnose it between 20 and 40.

 

If I were you I would try to find a Neurologist that specializes in MS and have them evaluate your husband. If you contact the National Multiple Sclerosis Society they can help you find a specialist. It can't hurt to have him seen, and if he does have MS or even if it's something else, it's better to know than not know. Good luck and I hope all works out for you and your husband. :)

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Merely Me, Health Guide
12/19/08 7:22pm

Hello Carol

 

Just checking up on you to see how you and your husband are doing.  Has he had any more symptoms?  Were you ever able to get to the bottom of the cause?  I know so many people who are in limbo with no diagnosis and I always wonder what becomes of them.  If you get a chance please update us on how things are going.  And I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

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JohnCE, Community Member
12/29/08 2:57am

One of my neurologist just DXD a woman that was 72 Years old, but always consult your doctors on this since it could be something all together different. Don't try and second guess on this one, a neurological workup uis in order...Hope For The Best...GOD's Speed...John

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carole, Community Member
10/18/10 2:38pm

I am a nurse ...not a doctor...but it sounds like TIA's are happening....this is a pre-warning of a stroke... they are transient ischemic attacks...and the clot moves so fast and is gone therefore...they will not show on MRI's or CT's usually....he needs to see his doctor again...maybe he needs a little increase in his coumadin or warfarin....I presume he is getting his INR's done regularly...

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