June 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm #74442Hello, Bethlem Myopathy
Hello all, I have just started using TalkMD as I feel very isolated. My daughter who is 8 has Bethlem Myopathy, I am struggling to meet others with the same disability to share information. I am also hoping for advice as no one seems to be able to help. The issue I have just now is we stay in a 3 bedroom house but the bedrooms and the bathrooms are upstairs. My daughter is not allowed to walk up and down the stairs, she now has to crawl up the stairs on her hands and knees and when she is coming down she has to go down on her bottom. She is now sore. I am and have been on the council list for a year and still no joy would be happy for any suggestions xxx gailJune 20, 2012 at 7:52 pm #85725Re: Hello, Bethlem Myopathy
Welcome to the forum.
Sorry you are having such a difficult time at the moment.
Bethlem is indeed a rare form of Neuro-muscular disease. We have a couple of people with
that phenotype but they might not be accessing the forum at the exact time we want. One
I vaguely recall was later reclassified with some other form.
We have had some posts recently about housing problems and people railing against the current
system with so many people with different competing priorities chasing a reducing pool
There are a network of Regional MD advisors who are experts in all aspects of muscle disease. The
list is on the main MDC site if you click the logo at the top of the page.
"Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".taungfoxParticipantPosts: 4,630Joined: 27/09/2010June 20, 2012 at 9:37 pm #85726Re: Hello, Bethlem Myopathy
Hi Gail and welcome to TalkMD.
I have a probable Ulrich CMD which is on the same spectrum as Bethlem but at the more severe end. I am in touch with a lot of people with UCMD/BM and their families through a yahoo group which I can let you have the details or I could ask about UK members – most are US families but there are some UK.
As Taungfox said, regional advisers are a good place to get practical info and support. Ask away on here as well if you have any questions, between all our members there is a lot of experience right here on the forum.
A learning experience is one of those things that say, “You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.” - Douglas AdamsJune 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm #85729Re: Hello, Bethlem Myopathy
Zoe’s socialworker is as much use as a chocolate teapot :!:
ask your gp to refer you to an occupational therapist either nhs or council. plague your GP every week to write letters of support . it is really bad for zoes tail bone to be bashed going downstairs.
"""""""What doesn't kill you makes you stronger""""""Cat (Mod)ModeratorPosts: 1,002Joined: 20/09/2010June 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm #85730Re: Hello, Bethlem Myopathy
thanks catatude, we have OT and they are being a great help, I have also decided to ask for a new social worker waiting on a response from the. Also phoned the council and they said it is just waiting on the right house for Zoe’s needs.December 6, 2013 at 6:29 pm #85732Re: Hello, Bethlem Myopathy
thanks catatude, we have OT and they are being a great help, I have also decided to ask for a new social worker waiting on a response from the. Also phoned the council and they said it is just waiting on the right house for Zoe’s needs.
Hello Zoesmum this is Granny PatpatmccaffertyParticipantPosts: 1Joined: 17/04/2013January 6, 2014 at 8:37 pm #85735Re: Hello, Bethlem Myopathy
Hi. Thanks for the welcome. I’m at a real loss at the moment. My three year old is bright and very loveable but he gets tired so quickly and his behaviour becomes manic. He attends pre school but he has a new teacher who can see that he gets through the day playing with the other children and doesn’t encourage him to rest. She says that he does fine and that if I hadn’t have told her that he had a problem she would never have known. On one hand this is great but on the other it’s me that has to deal with it when he’s exhausted at 4pm, too tired to function properly. He throws himself around, gets aggressive and just flops to the floor switching manically between laughing hysterically and bursting into floods of tears.
Does this sound familiar to anyone? xxxJanuary 12, 2014 at 1:12 pm #85736Re: Hello, Bethlem Myopathy
Hi there, I was just browsing this forum and thought I would register to share my experience as hopefully it may help people who have children with Bethlem Myopathy.
I have am 32 years old and have Bethlem Myopathy (although I wasn’t properly diagnosed until I was 20 as it was thought I had SMA). I live independently in my own bungalow and have a full time job as an accountant. I have also been to university. I am still able to walk fairly well, although use an electric wheelchair to get around the village where I live.
To be honest I had a positive up bringing – I was lucky in that I had (and have) a great group of friends who helped me a lot, although I was definitely stronger and able to walk better when I was younger.
There were (and are) times when i got a bit down – mainly because I love sport and it is frustrating not to be able to play any sports. The condition can also be annoying in that it is harder to be spontaneous and things such as nights out take planning. It can also be awkward as I have to think ahead e.g. before I sit down in a chair, I have to work out how I am going to get back up again!
The key problems I have now are stairs/steps and muscle tightness which can be limiting – for example I can’t bend down to pick things off the floor. However, on the positive side, it does force you to think laterally to solve problems – I use my feet to put plugs in sockets as an example.
One big piece of advice I would give is to stay as active as possible, otherwise I have found my muscles tighten up a lot.
If anyone has any questions about how I have coped – particularly through childhood, feel free to askMartinNottsParticipantPosts: 3Joined: 12/01/2014March 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm #85739Re: Help! – Bethlem Myopathy
Hi I was just wondering if anyone one here has got Bethlem Myopathy and has had children and if so did they have the
dystrophy also? I have the disease and I am 26 Years old they keep telling me its a 50/50 Chance but when I have tried to
conceive naturally my baby had it and then my brother who also has the disease his baby has got it – And my mum had it and
her two children (me & my brother) also had it so I was just wondering on everyone else’s experiences as at the moment it doesnt seem like 50/50 to me? xemmaLouiseParticipantPosts: 1Joined: 24/01/2013October 20, 2014 at 4:02 pm #85740Re: Hello, Bethlem Myopathy
My 3 yr old son has been diagnosed with UCMD and i am looking for other people with similar diagnosis. I am from london, but i now live in canada and was wondering Sar78 if you could connect me to the group on yahoo, maybe i will find people from canada from there. I just want to know that we are doing the best we can for our son? He sees OT and Pt and has made gains, but is tired some days and not so much the other.
thanksthadshpParticipantPosts: 1Joined: 20/10/2014October 21, 2014 at 11:01 am #85741Re: Hello, Bethlem Myopathy
Hi, yes of course – I will send you the details. I think you can also find the group via http://www.curecmd.org
A learning experience is one of those things that say, “You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.” - Douglas AdamsDecember 28, 2014 at 8:39 am #85742Re: Hello, Bethlem Myopathy
Hi, Ive just seen this thread. My partner has MD and initially we were told there was very little chance of passing it on to our children (unless I had the gene too). We later found out it was Bethlem Myopathy but by that point we had our first child and I was pregnant with the second. It turns out that our eldest has got the condition too but our second has not.
The most difficult part is that our 2 year old (Howie) is now physically stronger than our 4 year old (Noah).
Luckily Noah has a great set of school friends who run alongside him when the other children dart off. We have never asked them to do that, they choose to.
I love both boys with every fibre of my being and would love another child but we cannot take the risk. We have to explain the chances when he chooses to have children and I think this will be so difficult. It may mean that because of the chance of passing it on, he chooses not to have children. We have to explain this to Howie too, who is so strong and bright. Despite him not showing any symptoms, it doesn’t mean his children will escape it.
My partner was also hit by a car 7 years ago which has elevated his symptoms so we have no idea what course is set for noah beyond the age of 26. Life is scary at the moment.
But then you have the ultimate moment of fun. We go sledging. We see the amazement on their faces at the zoo. We laughed until it hurt at the pantomime.
Its swings and roundabouts.
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