I was hospitalized with a UTI. While in the hospital I contracted Norovirus. I have PPMS. I can no longer stand or walk, despite 4 months of rehabilitation. I am only just beginning to shuffle step my feet. Will I regain any more mobility?
We are so sorry to hear about your hospitalization; your recovery process will depend on two things:
- How severely were you affected prior to the infection? If you were barely able to walk prior to the infection then you are less likely to recovery much mobility.
- How long have you been unable to walk as a result of the infection? If you have been unable to walk for more than 6 months you are less likely to recover the ability to walk.
I generally treat the acute infection using the most appropriate antibiotic or antiviral treatment (assuming one is available) and then give people with MS a course of high dose steroids if they are not recovering fast enough. You may want to discuss this treatment option with your physicians.
Rip Kinkel MD