Can MS Burn Itself Out?

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Freeze MS in its Tracks!

     100_0260My very first Neurologist, and the one who eventually diagnosed me, made a comment during one of my appointments that perhaps my Multiple Sclerosis would just burn itself out eventually. At the time I kind of thought that he was just trying to give me some hope in the face of this awful diagnosis. And now, just a few days ago, I had my first appointment with my fourth Neurologist since that time sixteen years ago. And he also stated that there was some evidence that MS can perhaps burn itself out over time.

     Recently I was reading a report out of Australia where a man with a diagnosis of both Multiple Sclerosis and HIV was given one of the new generation antiviral drugs that are currently in the trial phase of their studies. And a remarkable thing happened, not only did it knock out his HIV which is what it was being tested for, it also seemed to cure him of his MS. Which leads one to believe that it is possible that the under lying cause of Multiple Sclerosis may be a virus, or retrovirus, after all. Scientist have long been looking at the Epstein Barr virus as a possible disease inducing event in MS but no conclusive evidence has yet linked the two positively.

     We already know that virus’s like the Cold and Flu virus do in fact burn themselves out, thankfully, or we would all have been dead a long time ago, so if Multiple Sclerosis were confirmed to be from either a virus, or pieces of a retrovirus, then the answer to the question about MS being able to burn itself out should be yes. But even more important than that, is these new antiviral drugs that will soon be coming on the market, because if MS is being caused by a response to a viral attack then perhaps a cure for Multiple Sclerosis is only a few years away which of course is something that we have all prayed for as long as we’ve had this devastating disorder.

     I do know this, if they need any volunteers for that clinical trial, I sure wouldn’t say no if asked to participate in it. This sounds just to promising to not be interested in following the future research!

 

Bill Walker

 

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10 thoughts on “Can MS Burn Itself Out?

  1. mammananny

    It sounds good but I don’t believe that a viral component is all there is to MS.There are too many possible causal factors with a substantial amount of evidence for most of them.

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  3. Jan

    Yes, I woukd participate in the study for MS, but I’m having trouble with the claim about the anti viral “knocking out” the man’s HIV. I’m not saying it’s a false claim, but that’s huge! It It seems like destroying HIV in someone would make alot of noise in news sources all over the globe. Are you saying that the individual is cured of his HIV? That’s wonderful, if so, but this is the 1st I’m hearing about it.

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    1. Jan

      I’ve been thinking about this article all day, so I researched the patien frim Australia who has MS and HIV and anseered my own question. It sounds like he will probably have to continue the antvirals to continue to have these results, but, still, this is a major step for him and those with hiv. As far as MS, which is what I have, I do think it is possible that ms could be caused by ebv. A person could be a carrier of mono, and never develop the illness. I hope this is a step in the right direction.

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      1. Jan

        I’ve been thinking about this article all day, so I researched the patient from Australia who has MS and HIV and answered my own question. It sounds like he will probably have to continue the antvirals to continue to have these results, but, still, this is a major step for him and those with hiv. As far as MS, which is what I have, I do think it is possible that ms could be caused by ebv. A person could be a carrier of mono, and never develop the illness. I hope this is a step in the right direction.

    2. msandbeyond Post author

      Hi Jan, I’m not really sure what you’re referring to? I don’t remember anything about HIV in this article, but when I have time I’ll go back and check it out!

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