You're good at asking the big picture questions. I wonder the same thing...why the variation in MS? I think it's just genetic and environmental differences and the location and amount of axonal damage.
I think MS starts alot sooner than we recognize it, and hits susceptible people sometime in childhood. It finally gets some attention once damage is done in the CNS. It's a chronic, debilitating disease and because of plasticity the brain is able to overcome some of the damage...until it can't anymore. Drugs, vitamins, goat's blood, whatever, can slow down the process, maybe help the body catch up.
Jeff had restless leg syndrome, depression, fatigue issues 20 years ago. We didn't even know about MS, and he never saw a doc for any of it. Now we're scrambling to put the brakes on this disease...Marcia's right- nothing good comes from this, except maybe helping each other through it.
Husband dx RRMS 3/07
dx dual jugular vein stenosis (CCSVI) 4/09