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Hi all,

I have posted on this forum before and also on the "Do I have ALS" thread here:

Another Confusing Letter

For the last 18 months my husband's neuro was 'labelling' him as having PLS but monitoring him with regular EMGs for 5 years to rule out MND basically whilst they were treating him as having PLS they would not commit themselves to a firm diagnosis which I believe is quite common.

However, over the last six months my husband's bladder problems have been increasing in severity. This led his neuro to run an extra blood test. We didn't think anything of it only to arrive at a routine appointment yesterday to be told that they have disganosed him as having a genetic disorder called adrenomyeloneuropathy (AMN). We nearly fell off our chairs!

His neuro (at the National in London) told us he has never seen a case of it before and it is rather rare.

I do not think that this is necessarily an easier ride than PLS from what little information we have it appears to be similar to primary progressive MS, there is no cure and there is also the genetic side of things to consider so my husband's brother has to now go through a blood test to rule out having the condition. We have also been told if we wanted to start a family we would have to use IVF to ensure that we did not have girls (girls are carriers and pass on the condition to their sons) so it seems we may have a new battle to fight.

I just thought I would update you all and perhaps it is something that those of you guys that still do not yet have a firm PLS diagnosis might want to mention to your neurologists.

Thank you for all your help and support over the last 18 months and I wish you all the best of luck in your journeys...we are off now to find an AMN forum!

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Thanks for letting us know. Good luck to you all!
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Glad you have a firm diagnosis, it's a relief in itself. At least you can have a bit of a plan and no in what direction things will head. I am sorry that it's something progressive. I wish you the best on the journey and thank you for posting.
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.....wow...wat if somebody says....wats u got then mate...i got amn....wats that then....andreno......................... ..myln.....i got a bad back.......
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I know its a bit of a mouthfull!
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sure is danni........gotta av a chuckle...ant we.....god luck..johnno
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