jmc2011 wrote:Thanks for the responses so far. Any other autoimmune issues? I also have crohns disease and am allergic to everything. Makes me think MS is a likely problem. I'm allergic to myself. And many autoimmune issues in my family. Trying not to over think it but also want to be prepared.
Hi JM and welcome to the forum! Good for us, bad for you, I guess.
To answer your first question, I have a cousin with MS as well, but the most interesting thing about my situation is that I've also been diagnosed with a hereditary peripheral neuropathy, HNPP, which means that my peripheral nerves are demyelinating kinda like my central nervous system. It basically causes me mildish MS-type symptoms, but without the brain damage. But, of course, I have classic MS brain damage, too (my story & MRIs are here: general-discussion-f1/topic16335.html
My dad had HNPP (proven by genetic testing), another cousin has only HNPP, and I hear that my cousin with MS (I rarely talk with her) has had 2 failed carpal tunnel surgeries, which means she likely has HNPP as well. Dad had a brain MRI in his late 80s which did NOT show signs of MS. As an FYI, CNS glial cells are different than PNS cells: oligodendrocytes for CNS, Schwann cells for the PNS.
And about allergies: I've often noted that "I must be allergic to the whole world," considering my violently wild reactions to foods, meds, and even vitamins & supplements, but testing hasn't found anything specific.
MS patients seem to be almost universally afflicted with more than one serious medical condition. The more I read the more I'm convinced that the reason each of us is so unique is due to our combinations of conditions rather than MS alone (whatever MS is).
Good luck and I hope you escape the MS diagnosis next week!