Causes

Christmas 2011

Christmas

To date, the search for the cause and the cure of MS has not been established.

It is known that all diseases are caused by something.  Scientists have grouped the causes of human disease into eleven categories:  allergy, congenital, degenerative, heredity, infection, metabolic, psychogenic, toxic, trauma, tumors and vascular.  Every category has been examined as a cause of MS;  and, researchers have been able to eliminate most of these categories as the possible culprit behind MS.

The most probable cause of MS is considered to be an infection at an early age that remains dormant and, later on, causes an autoimmune response.  It is thought that an infection, which might be viral, starts the process and the autoimmune response perpetuates the condition.

Many viruses, both common and rare, have been explored in some research studies  to be the one that causes MS.  A prime suspect is the human herpes virus 6 (HHV-6), which causes the common infant disease roseola.

Two other infections are also being considered in research studies as a link to the development of MS:

  • Chlamydia pneumoniae is a bacterium associated with the occurrence of walking pneumonia; and
  • researchers have identified a link between higher levels of antibodies marshaled by the immune system to battle the Epstein-Barr virus and the eventual development of MS.  (More research is needed before this link can be proven.)

Although the cause of MS remains unknown, the focus is on the possibility that viral or bacterial infections trigger the process.

 

 

 

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Blackstone, Margaret.  The First Year – Multiple Sclerosis:  An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed.   New York: Marlowe & Company, 2003.

Nichols, Judith Lynn.  Women Living with Multiple Sclerosis.  California:  Hunter House, Inc. Publishers, 1999.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Lone Star.  Texas.

9 Responses to Causes

  1. Adriana says:

    thanks for share!

  2. Dianne Tilford says:

    Thank you very much for the info!!! I did not realize the probable cause was from an infection.

    • admin says:

      Hi, Dianne –

      It’s so scary how many people are being diagnosed with MS. I pray everyday that they find the cause, and find a cure!

      I hope you’re doing well!

      Kelly

  3. Debroah says:

    Your post, Causes of MS | Your Journey with MS, is really well written and insightful. Glad I found your website, warm regards!

  4. This website has lots of really useful stuff on it. Thanks for informing me.

  5. Bev Redmond says:

    I’ve just found your blog and I’m wondering if it’s still active. Most everything I’ve seen here was posted in 2012. If you’re still doing this, I’d like to share with you some things I’m going through as I wait for my next-Thursday appointment with my neurologist. I’m hopeful that he will look me in the eye and tell me I definitely do NOT have MS. In the meantime, I spend a lot of time during my sleepless nights (like I’m doing right now) reading everything I can find about MS. Thanks!

    • admin says:

      Hi, Bev –

      Thanks so much for reaching out. My heart goes out to you. It is so very stressful not knowing what is wrong; but, at the same time such a relief when you finally know what you’re up against, even if you’re diagnosed with MS.

      I apologize for not keeping up with my website. My life has been incredibly crazy; but, should finally start slowing down. I’m excited to share all that I’ve been learning; and, hopefully, my trials and errors will be helpful to others.

      In the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my stopping Tysabri and beginning Tecfidera, an MS drug in a pill form. Tecfidera was an awful experience, and I’m now back on Tysabri. I’ll also talk about physical therapy, acupuncture and diet and exercise.

      Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know how your appointment goes with your neurologist on Thursday. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that all goes well.

      Thanks again for your note. I’m always here if you have any questions or just have thoughts that you want to share.

      Blessings,
      Kelly

  6. zabor ilenta says:

    Admiring the time and effort you put into your blog and in depth information you offer. It’s good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted rehashed material. Wonderful read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

    • admin says:

      I am so glad you are enjoying, “Your Journey with MS.” It is definitely a ride that I’m having fun sharing! Thank you so much for your support . . . it means a lot.

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