I was diagnosed in 1990, and for many years had no or little symptoms. I continued working until 2003, so consider myself lucky to have got away with it for so long. However, following my last flare-up last month I cannot walk more than a few steps and am never without pain, so the discussion about the wheelchair had to be had. I hate the wheelchair, it is like sitting in a pram! you become invisable, people speak over your head. On the other hand I love the wheelchair, without it I could not go out. I would become a prisioner in my own home. I can maintain my hobbies and outside interests and it is keeping my long suffering husband fit. So on the whole it is a good thing but I will never get completely used to it!