This condition has been known to begin while in the womb. Dr. Gottfried Gutmann, M.D. concluded from his research on newborns that more than 80% suffer from its initial stages at birth.
Sadly, at the early stages of this condition x-ray, MRI, CT, and blood work will be completely useless in identifying it. By the age of 18 or so, early MRI changes may begin to be visible, but for obvious reasons these are only done if the teenager is exhibiting obvious and significant symptoms. More often, the condition continues under the radar all through the 20’s and even into the 30’s, going completely undetected. However, by the 40’s most are starting to experience symptoms. By the 50’s, as we pass middle age, that 90% contraction rate is getting closer and closer to being realized. In fact, many 50 year olds are already disabled by it, and many more will suffer the same fate in the coming decades, assuming they live that long.
That same Dr. Gutmann said that one of the early symptoms from this condition is repetitive upper respiratory infections. Other breathing problems are not uncommon as complications from this condition, including pneumonia and asthma.
Dr. Videman concluded that while the condition is never reversible, with proper care its forward progression can be stopped in many cases, and certainly slowed down.
A Dr. Abraham Towbin, M.D., found that it can be triggered by routine mild childhood traumas which are also accompanied by undiagnosed internal bleeding.
The Department of Cell and Molecular Biology of Tumor Immunology in Sweden found that this condition may increase our susceptibility to genetic mutation.
Migraines, muscle tension headaches, and sinus headaches are common complications.
One possible cause of disability from it is the inability to bear your own weight due to pain. Disability can also occur from complete paralysis of some of the leg muscles. This paralysis can occur after years of atrophy, or sometimes within days or weeks of the first onset of symptoms.
I remember one patient who’s right arm was partially paralyzed and he had no feeling in the hand due to it.
In rare and extreme cases emergency surgery may be required due to the loss of bowel and bladder control.
Although the condition is caused by environmental factors, genetics play a role by predisposing you to certain traits that make the progression either more or less rapid.
Unlike what you might think, diagnosis of the condition is usually easy, inexpensive, and non-invasive. I’ve had the exam. So have you. What about the people you care about?