Any one else feel that their MS is somehow related to a history of gastric/intestinal viruses? My husband almost died as an infant, from a virus which left him severely dehydrated. He's since had a "sensitive stomach" -has contracted food poisoning on several occasions, and suffered more than his share of stomach flus. Conversely, he has never had respiratory difficulties- a cold now and then, but not much above the belt.
When he was dx with MS this year, I couldn't help but think there was a correlation.
Dr. John Chia, an infectious disease physician in Torrance, CA, has performed stomach biopsies on CFS patients, and found 82% of the samples contained entereoviral particles, from initial infections that had taken place up to 20 years earlier. He went to the gut, instead of collecting blood, because that was where the viruses were replicating.
I realize this is CFS, not MS, and I'm veering a bit OT (apologies), but I've been reading all the posts on the viral component to MS, and find this fascinating.
Any other "gut" reactions?
An Aging Cheerleader