The New Zealand Multiple Sclerosis website has a page called world news which pulls in all press articles around the world which include a reference to MS. On the whole, the articles are not for the easily depressed (like me)as many are obituaries e.g. John Smith 52, after a long battle with MS. Many of the articles in the last few days have been about the case in Canada where a mother helped her 36 year old son with MS to commit suicide.
Today there was a article about pain where a man was confined to a wheelchair because of a car crash which gave him spinal cord injuries. Some time after he was dx with MS. Now there's bad luck and xxxxing bad luck and this poor guy certainly falls into the latter. But it made me think about trauma as a trigger for MS (or maybe the depression caused by the accident triggered MS, or an infection following the operation etc etc). Does anyone who uses this site believe there to be a link between a traumatic incident and the onset of their MS?
In a UK evening paper last week there was a woman who had cerebral palsy (from birth) but who was dx with MS in her 40s. Bad luck or what. But perhaps the CP was the trauma that led to MS (although a research paper of a few weeks ago linked CP with the mothers getting a virus during pregnancy, and a virus has often been suggested as a possible trigger for MS). Has anyone else had another condition before the onset of their MS or indeed after? I know that Marie has mentioned arthritis?