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    Georgia Martin

    Hi all,
    I have been reading posts on this page for sometime and am constantly amazed by strength and courage you all show each and every day. I am a 36 year old female with 2 small children and a wonderful husband. Over the past 8 months I have developed chronic constipation, gastroparesis, mild OH and now urinary frequency. I am wondering if there is a neurologist in Melbourne , Sustralia that specialises in MSA as it seems a few of you had problems with various doctors recognising the disease.
    Thanks for taking the time to read,
    Georgia

    #1346

    John Cummings

    Hi Georgia

    Whereabouts are you in Australia? There are plenty of Neurologists that are up to date with MSA but it depends where you live. You might find it of interest to go to the Australian MSA Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/MSAOZNZ/ .

    If you are in Victoria, the Bethlehem Hospital is a good place to contact – also the Parkinson Victoria group http://www.parkinsonsvic.gov.au is involved with MSA & other related illnesses and maybe able to give you pamphlets on the disorder or may know of support meetings where the patients attend with MSA.

    Regards
    JC

    #1347

    Georgia Martin

    Thanks for your reply John. I’m in Macedon just out of Melbourne. I appreciate the links to the Facebook page etc and will definitely check them out.
    Thanks again

    #1348

    Georgia Martin

    Also wondering if there are many patients on here in their 30’s?Feeling very young and alone. I should add that I haven’t been formally diagnosed yet but seem to identify with most of the symptoms.
    Thanks again.

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    Karen

    Hi Georgina
    I should have replied to you earlier and sorry that it was delayed for long. My sister is only 40 and she has been tentatively diagnosed with MSA. We are still unsure whether it’s indeed MSA or a pure autonomic nervous disorder as she has very minor movement problems and her dizziness and urination problems have been going on for many years. She fainted a few times recently and the blood pressure remains very bad. We are going to see Dr David Williams in Melbourne. Hope that he’s good.

    #1351

    Georgia Martin

    Hi Karen, thanks so much for your reply. I also do not have the movement issues yet but I have only had symptoms for roughly 9 months. It sounds as though you are being very supportive of your sister which I’m sure is a huge help for her. Let me know how you go with David Williams-I hear he is the guy to go to about MSA and I am contemplating asking for a referral to him instead of another neurologist I am seeing in a few months.
    Take care,
    Georgia

    #1350

    Georgia Martin

    Also Karen, has your sister had any luck with medication for frequent urination?

    Thanks again,

    Georgia

    #1352

    Brooke

    Did you ever receive a diagnosis? I am 40 with very similar symptoms. My only diagnoses are neurocardiogenic syncope, Orthostatic Hypotension, and idiopathic autonomic neuropathy. My symptoms started at 38. I recently started having symptoms of a movement disorder. My doctors seem to think that I am much too young for MSA but don’t know what is causing all of my symptoms.

    #1353

    Katherine

    Hi Brooke. Are you taking midodrine for your orthostatic hypotension? It can cause muscle twitching which looks remarkably like a movement disorder in a rare number of patients. It happened to me, and resolved soon after I stopped taking it.

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