My father fought in WW2 so was in the army for years and years before I was conceived!
Like Minai I happen to think that MS is not an autoimmune disease, but is caused by an infection, chlamydia pneumoniae, which most people will come across but will only affect people genetically predisposed to it. That is my genetic link, not the fact that my father was in the military.
Incidentally, my mother was as well and her father, who was a colonel. It runs in the blood but I decided on the artistic life!
Also, though it was aggressively progressive my MS is in full retreat with the antibiotics. I have had no MS event for these last four years. This maybe is the cure.
That sounds wonderful for you. I'm always glad to hear great news like yours. I've not had a relapse since 2000 (the year I was diagnosed) I've had chronic sinus trouble since moving to the northeastern United States in '94 but had symptoms of MS prior to the move. It is pretty weird how prevalent sinus/nasopharyngeal infections are to folks with MS. I always thought it was because some nerve damage from MS caused problems with swallowing and functions in that area affecting proper drainage of fluids. A " Chicken or the Egg" kind of thing.
As for an infection (bacterial or viral) starting the cascade of events culminating in MS............. I think it's very likely. Putting out the forest fire doesn't instantly bring back the trees and the grass though. Sometimes the terrain errodes in the following storms and nothing but bare rock is left. That being said, the multiple inactive lesions revealed im my MRI's over the years have shown no changes. None were active in every scan. (4 - one set every 2 years since 2000.)
I pose this question to all the Veterans reading this thread:
About the second or third week of basic training, I came down with what seemed like a perpetual series of colds none of which were severe but added to the discomforts of our worlds turned upside down. Did YOU?
I figured it was because we (all the recruits) came into basic training from all over the country. Everyone of us carrying our regional "germ(s)" of the day. Living in a the barracks, extremely close proximity, lining up for everything..... remember "nut to butt!" so they could fit everybody into a hallway etc. to pick up uniforms, get your hair cropped off and of course all those vaccinations. We were a germapalooza!
Sarah, Your father having been in long before your conception fits the template of the Vietnam era Veterans who later had children with women not at all exposed to Agent Orange but the birth defects were there and the common link was the male veterans. My dad was in WWII as well. My parents didn't have me until 1966! Waaaaaayy after the war.
I'm not saying any of these things are the definate cause of OUR MS but, I'm not ruling anything out until the "FAT LADY SINGS" and the REAL cause(s) are known and or revealed. (DoD's new study is highly suspect that somebody somewhere knows something!)
This being the Veterans with MS thread of discussion, I thought I'd turn this ship back on course 'cause she was starting to drift....