Hello,

My partner is 29 and his father was diagnosed with MND 3 years ago, 2 other members of his family have passed away due to MND, and we’ve been told by a specialist that this is more than likely a genetic form of MND.

About 6 months ago, my partner began feeling stiffness in his right hand. He also had some numbness, tingling and swelling, his GP didn’t know what was causing it and referred him to a muscle specialist.

Since then he’s also been suffering from an aching jaw, neck and tongue, as well as a stiff/weak feeling in his right ankle. We’ve also noticed some muscle atrophy on the back of his right hand.

The muscle specialist suspected a trapped nerve in his neck and sent him for an mri scan.

He’s been back to the GP today to ask about his neck ache as it’s getting worse and he mentioned MND. She gave a very brief statement that yes she’d thought of that first time she’d seen him. But would wait until after the mri results to refer him to a neurologist.

I feel that this seems such a massive, scary suggestion from the GP but without any sympathy, support, planning. Is this right or should there be more support? Do we change GP?

I’d welcome any support or advice.

Thank you,

Fiona