Hi Marita my name is Darlene, I live in Tampa, FL and I was diagnosed with SPS in August 2011 by my wonderful doctor, Theresa Zesiewicz (a neurologist at USF) 813-974-5909. I was referred to her by my son neurologist for Ataxia (a degenerative nerve disorder) similar to MS. Yes I have a double whammy. Ataxia/SCA5 & SPS! Dr.Z (what she is often called) did a thorough examination on me for Ataxia, and she noticed my gait so she said that she wanted to test me for SPS. And her notion was correct the test came back positive for SPS.
Dr. Z put me on IVIg treatment for about 2 years and it really helped me, but I had an allergic reaction to it so she stopped it. So she went to work looking for me something else that would help me and she came up to Plasmapheresis. I get it every 3 months at TGH where I'm hospitalized for 10 days Bcas I receive the treatment once every other day for 5 days. And let me tell you that it really helps it gives me a boost of energy!
We have a support group for Ataxia in Tampa at USF Morsani center which I am the president of. We meet every other month on the third Saturday. But for this month we are meeting on March 24th (Bcas I will be out of town on 17th) and we are meeting at a different location for this month only.
St Joseph’s Hospital North
4211 Van Dyke Rd
Lutz, FL 33558
I could go on & on but if you want to contact me please feel free to do so by sending me a private message.