Aging And Cp
I have read the Scope leaflet on aging; however, from it, I got the impression that though the body may deteriorate faster with CP, it would still be a gradual process. I am 31 and have had a dramatic lost in physical function. As a child, I could walk with very little difficulty(with only a slightly wider gait) and slightly impaired balance e.g. I couldn't stand on one leg; my speech is also somewhat slurred but understandable. In many ways, apart from the sports field and not being able to write, there was little to distinguish me from my able bodied peers. Then in my mid twenties, my coordination and balance gradually got worse; this seemed to accelerate in my late twenties. Thus, I now require an electric wheelchair to go out the house. I cannot stand on my own and need to hold a wall for support. I have considerable problems with spasms(which I never had before). My general coordination is now very poor and getting worse. In addition, I have had problems with tiredness. Before, I could work 5 days a week, then I had to cut down to 4 now I have to leave work about 2pm or 3pm due to tiredness.
This sharp deterioration has happened over about 2 or 3 years (though it has been getting worse for 6 or 7 years). What I would like to know is whether other people have had a similar experience where they have had a severe deterioration in their physical condition over a short space of time and whether things stabilised. I have seen several neurologists over several years but the drugs they prescribed didn't help and made my tiredness worse.