As a follower of several MS-related blogs, I get to know people through their stories and words online. Doing so helps me to understand my own disease and to gain understanding of the different disease experiences of others. It is truly cathartic.
This has also been great in learning about progressive forms of MS. Talking to people who live it is more educational at times than reading the general information available online. With that said, I’d like you to meet Mitch, a person living with primary progressive MS, who blogs at Enjoying the Ride.
Mitch, welcome to MS HealthCentral. Please tell us a little bit about your MS diagnosis. Had you had symptoms for years before seeing the doctor? We are told that men generally delay seeking medical treatment. What were your early symptoms?
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to talk about PPMS. I hope some people can benefit from my experience.
In the late winter of 2000, as I was jogging on my treadmill, I noticed a barely perceptible difference between my right foot and my left foot. My right foot quietly hit on the heel, and rolled to the toe as it is supposed to do while jogging. However, my left foot didn’t quietly go from heel to toe. It made a flapping sound. If I really concentrated I could make my left foot quietly go from heel to toe, heel to toe, but it didn't want to.
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Enjoying the Ride: Mitch talk about life, activism, advice, and living with Primary Progressive MS