Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy

I have a good friend, someone I’ve known for most of my life, who has this common and usually fairly mild form of muscular dystrophy. It was undiagnosed for decades because the symptoms were subtle and he wasn’t even  trying to figure it out. By his late 30s, his upper trapezius wasting away, he was initially misdiagnosed with  frozen shoulder  among other things, until he finally got the correct diagnosis — and then he started to see how the disease explained an awful lot about his life, many experiences and personal “quirks”… like a lifelong tendency to excessive soreness after exercise!

Even his father’s life made more sense: the disease is genetic, and he obviously struggled with it, stoically, undiagnosed from cradle to grave. Biology is destiny, and this condition is a really good example of it. How many people out there are in that multi-decade period of wondering why they get so sore so easily, before finally being diagnosed with FSHD?

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