I would agree with you, but I think we may now have a new dynamic with CCSVI. If someone has CPN or EBV and their blood has the virus, and then that "yucky" diseased blood is getting reluxed into the brain or the spinal column because of a senosis, the immune system is going to react -right? So, yes a virus could be involved with the MS attack but it was not the initial problem.
Sharon, I can see that clearly. All the stuff in our blood that doesn't belong loose in the brain. Of course clean-up is required. I am stuck on the vein issue. Maybe I'll get unstuck, but for now I'm just stuck. I would be happier, maybe, if LOTS of veins were studied. So the jugs and azygos backing up causes MS. I'll buy that. But are there NON-MS'ers who have the same venous issues, just not in those veins? If so, then the issue that relates only to MSers are that those veins in particular are backed up, not the venous issue on the whole. Does that make sense?
If I wasn't doing okay, I think I'd still be asking these questions, but from the seat of a plane on my way to Stanford. Please know that. I am curious to see Zamboni's reports to see if he says what he thinks is the cause, and if he thinks it relates to others, the issue being only the location of the reflux. I'd like to think that my issue is a common one, just got unlucky that those veins in particular were involved. I hope I'm making sense.
It is this that makes me uneasy.
A note from Dr. Simka, regarding his impression of the difference in MS venous stenosis, after studying the veins with ultrasound:
From my (still very limited) experience, the hallmark of venous lesions in MS patients is the stiffness of venous wall, it is not external compression. Neither is it alike varicose veins, thrombosis, atherosclerosis, or so. It is very strange, I am sitting in vascular sonography for years and I don't remember to see such a vein before scanning MS patients. Actually, the most similar pathology (as far as ultrasonographic picture is concerned) is May-Thurner syndrome in iliac veins.