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  • #187820
    New OPMD Diagnosis

    Hello,
    I have recently been diagnosed with Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy and I’m having some difficulty in coming to terms with it. It is rare and I’m struggling to find any information about it. It has taken 7 years to get this diagnosis since my first symptoms appeared which has been a very frustrating process.

    Does anyone know of any in depth studies on this condition please? The link on this website is broken. I’m desperate for information and feel like I’m beating my head off a wall. :bang:

    Thanks in advance.
    Lisa

    Lisabulbs Lisabulbs
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    #187822
    Reply To: New OPMD Diagnosis

    Hello and welcome. You are not alone in your struggles, most of us here have gone through the same difficulties regardless of the brand of MD we have. But please be assured that you are not alone, we are here to help, to listen and to support.
    There is a wealth of literature out there, mostly designed for non medical people. Would you prefer to have medical papers as opposed to the information for lay people? Now you have your diagnosis has your neurologist pointed you in the direction of any support or ongoing care?

    Mike

    So many love songs, so little love.

    embayweather embayweather
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    #187823
    Reply To: New OPMD Diagnosis

    Hello Mike
    Thanks for your reply. I would prefer something for the lay person to understand but anything at all would be good, I can’t find much at all on OPMD, maybe because it’s rare? Who knows?

    It does feel very lonely receiving this diagnosis, especially at this time when I am unable to see the neurologist in person, I have a telephone appointment with him tomorrow to see where I go from here so I hope he can point me in the right direction.

    I have so many concerns, especially the hereditary nature of this disease and how it could affect the rest of my family, I worry for them too.

    Lisabulbs Lisabulbs
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    #187824
    Reply To: New OPMD Diagnosis

    Hi Lisa. Sorry to hear you are struggling. My name is Jeanette I too have opmd I have been where you are right now and it’s like being hit by a freight train worst feeling in the world.but I’m dealing with it much better now. There is genetic counselling, although I have not done that yet. I have one son who had the test which came back negative thank god. I inherited it from my dad which means it’s dominant which is only one copy of the gene. You don’t say what type you have. Write down as many questions to ask as you can.. Cc

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    Reply To: New OPMD Diagnosis

    Hello Jeanette
    Thank you for your response, it’s just good to know I’m not alone, it certainly helps. I had my telephone appointment with the neurologist today and he’s managed to put me at ease a great deal. He’s referring me to to a surgeon to get my ptosis looked at and also to a genetic counsellor. Of course none of these things can happen during this pandemic which is very frustrating but understandable.

    Thanks for listening
    Lisa :yes:

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    #187889
    Reply To: New OPMD Diagnosis

    Hi Lisa,I’m glad they’ve put you at ease. There are people you can call at md. And they can send you an information pack about the condition. It takes time to get your head around it,there peers on here that have the same condition that you will be able to help with your questions. It will get easier and there will be good and bad days.cc

    Crazy cat
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    Reply To: New OPMD Diagnosis

    Hello Lisa, totally understand your frustration , I’ve just recently been diagnosed with inherited distal myopathy and still awaiting further testing for limb girdle muscular dystrophy.
    It’s reassurance when you’ve spoken to your neurologist and you know your going to get support .
    I don’t think any time is a good time to get told these things but when in lockdown it’s definitely testing.

    Take care Tracy

    Tracyallcock7
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    #188023
    Reply To: New OPMD Diagnosis

    Perhaps you might start by looking at this

    Oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD) factsheet

    If you have already seen it I will paste some more.

    Mike

    So many love songs, so little love.

    embayweather embayweather
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