Am interested in connecting with people who have this or are significant others of people who have this condition. (I'm in the latter group).
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Hi there Bryan-
I'm sorry to hear about your health issues. SPS is a member of the GAD65 antibody autoimmune disorders.(SPS, Myesthinia Gravis, Sjogren's, CIDP, etc…) Many of these disorders have overlapping symptoms. You also may have more than one disorder. There are tests to figure out which one you have and treatment is different for each. From the sounds of it, you have an autoimmune issue that involves your central nervous system. You need to find an auto immune Neurologist . These will generally be at the major University Hospitals. They will be able to determine what issue you have and treat you for it. I wish you the best!
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Thank you Sarah!
Hi, @sarah1000, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Appreciate your input. Do you also have stiff person syndrome?
@awinkler73 – will you share what other treatment options you and your doctor discussed at your appointment?
Great question. The more I read about SPS, the more I think that might be the “undiagnosed autoimmune disorder” that I wrestle with; alone with osteoarthritis. I’ve actually seem 5 different neurologists, though, and other than confirming I have peripheral neuropathy, they’ve been no help. I believe two of the neuros specialize in autoimmune disorders. So I’ve basically stopped chasing the neurological side and continued seeing my rheumatologist.
Hi, I am new to this board. 4 years ago I was dx with SPS after more than 10 years of working with docs across specialties, to figure out what was happening to my body. As a medical professional this was very disturbing. Finally after treating me for 4 years, my pain specialist dx me with SPS. SPS was dx after ruling out everything from fibromyalgia, RA, and lupus. And my presentation was very similar to another patient who presented with SPS. I have a normal EMG, but at times, the spasms impact my whole body from neck to toes. I have learned that there are absolutely different variations of SPS. In my case, unless I intervene, with meds, the spasms are so powerful that I feel as though my bones will break. My body contorts and the painful spasms are unbearable! Over the 4 years, the spasms, rigidity, and pain have progressed in duration, frequency, and intensity. I failed valium, injections and balcofen. 3 years ago, I was very discouraged because I had exhausted all of the med options, but I refused to give up. So, I started medical cannabis as my last option. The cannabis helped slightly, but when I increased the dose to a 1:1 ratio of cbd/thc, to my surprise, it prevented the onset of the spasms! And unlike the other meds, my blood work was clean. At times while on the cannabis, I can feel them trying to set in, but they do not fully manifest! So days, I use cannabis 3-4 times. I am so thankful. Now the biggest challenge is traveling across state lines. While I have a medical cannabis card from my home state, I cannot legally take the cannabis with me if I try to vacation elsewhere. I hope my story helps.
Hi, @trs – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. The spasms you describe sound almost unbearable. I'm glad you've found some relief.
Was your doctor the one who suggested the medical cannabis, or how did you decide to try that route?
@bryan_in_dallas – what treatment avenues are your rheumatologist having your pursue for SPS?
Hi, all! My best friend has SPS and fell about 180 times during the 1st year. Head doc gave her baclofen and depacote and greatly reduced falls by 95%. BUT we found out that baclofen is highly toxic and was the reason for her experiencing terrible signs of dementia! It just toasted her brain. They cut the dose in half and now, 6 months later, she has her brain back!
What she should have received in the first place was a IVIG treatment (kind of washes the blood) and has now stopped having the spasms that made her fall. She is in a nursing home unable to walk (because she hasn't used her legs for over a year now) but will be starting physical therapy soon (as soon as stupid medicade kicks in).
STAY away from BACKOFEN!
I am a healthcare professional and in consultation with my pain specialist and primary care doc, it was the only remaining option. Baclofen and other drugs created unsafe side effects and the spasms we're still breaking through. My rheumatologist is no longer involved. She tried everything, except bio-stuff. I am extremely grateful that cannabis is available in my home state of Illinois.
It took about 2-3 months to find the right dose of cannabis. Everyone responds differently, so if you decide to go this route, work with the dispensary, keep a journal of what you are using, the route (vape, gummies, etc), how often and the dose. You have to experiment and find what works for you. If I need immediate relief (10-15 mins) I vape, to get me through the night I use gummies or tincture. The gummies and tincture take about 45 mins to work, but the impact last about 6-7 hours. Again this is my situation. The 1:1 ratio of THC and CBD is the only combination that relieves and prevents my spasms.
Sorry, I meant STAY AWAY FROM BACLOFEN!
UNFORTUNATELY, THE COST OF Rx AND THE CANNABIS IS TOO STEEP FOR ANYONE ON MADICADE / MADICARE (INTENTIONALLY SPELLED WITH AN "A") UNLESS YOU HAVE OUTSIDE FUNDS OVER AND ABOVE THE $40 THE GOVERNMENT LETS YOU KEEP TO LIVE ON. WHAT A CROCK.
AGAIN, I URGE EVERYONE TO CHECK OUT THE STATS ON "IVIG"! PLEASE LOOK IT UP AND ASK YOUR DOC. IT IS COVERED BY MOST INSURANCE COMPANIES.
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