Pls and baclofen pump
Happy new year
I am a new member,a 50 year old Greek lawyer, married mother of two boys 16 and 19 years old.
My problems started approximately three years back when I felt my legs heavy going up the stairs.A year later I realized the problem focused on my left foot which was weaker and unstable. Beginning of year '16 my gait was leading to frequent falls and I experienced certain dysarthria incidents.Beginning of this new year my gait is seriously compromised and I use a cane,the spasticity and stiffness on left side leg and hand, is more obvious and during my sleep gives me serious pain My speech is completely slurred and non existent.
The diagnosis both here in Greece and Boston,USA, lies between PLS(primary lateral sclerosis)-which is a condition diagnosed for my father at age 76 who only developed spasticity on the legs and is still walking using a cane at age 85 - and atypical HSP(hereditary spastic paraplegia) since PLS is not reported as a hereditary condition.
A Greek doctor suggested I have the intrathecal baclofen pump as he claims it could possibly help spasticity also on the speech area.Please advise accordingly to your experiences.