MS connected with Epstein Barr?

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Mrs NolaVette
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   Posted 8/19/2016 12:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone know of any literature which may address the possible connection between MS in relation to Epstein Barr Virus, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Major Depressive Disorder, and/or other mystery illnesses? I had EBV at 19 yo. Felt I may have had some form of CFS & Fibromyalgia since then (I'm 63 now), and have definitely had MDD ever since EBV. I have had both brain & neck MRI's this week and will see the neuro doc on Monday for the results. I'm just trying to gather information that might help me find relevant questions to ask. I initially went to neuro for what I believe is Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia in my face/mouth brought on by a dental procedure. I believe the nerve was damaged as a result, but I can't be sure that was the trigger. In the process of trying to get a diagnosis for the ATN, the doc has discovered brain lesions which has led to a preliminary diagnosis of MS and more testing. The chronic mouth/facial pain has severely diminished my quality of life. As a person who suffers chronic major depression, chronic pain is making life unbearable. I have new respect for anyone with chronic pain/illness. Appreciate your consideration and any guidance you may have to offer.

Thanks,
Sue

Gretchen1
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   Posted 8/19/2016 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
If you do an Internet search on "EBV and MS" you will find lots to read. EBV is incredibly common. I read where 95% of people 35 and over have this common virus. Many researches feel there is typically an infection trigger to MS, however this infection doesn't cause MS. The cause is not yet identified.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

I have no lesions on my soul and so I live with no limits.

Mrs NolaVette
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   Posted 8/19/2016 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Gretchen. Appreciate your feedback. Have a good weekend!

Sue
Trigeminal Neurapathy started 2 years after root canal
Bl-polar/Major Depressive

Mrs NolaVette
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   Posted 10/3/2016 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Gretchen, you mention lesions in your signature. My neuro has showed me on the MRI lesions and areas of white matter in the pons. I don't have a clue what this means other than a diagnosis of MS. I should say the neuro expects the LP I had last week will confirm the diagnosis. Can you direct me to any sites that explain what this means to a non-medical person? Thanks.

Gretchen1
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   Posted 10/4/2016 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
There are many things that can cause lesions. MS is just one of those. Lesions can also be caused by migraines, infection, Lyme disease, mini strokes, meningitis and more.

An MRI won't differentiate. The doctor will have to work hard to narrow down the cause of a lesion or lesions.

The lumbar puncture results should take about a week. Your doctor will be looking for the cause of your brain lesions. I'm sure you had blood work done at the same time you had your lumbar puncture. This is standard. Your doctor will be looking for oligoclonal bands which indicate a brain immune response. If your blood work indicates no infection but an immune response is present in your CSF then MRI will be suspected.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

I have no lesions on my soul and so I live with no limits.

Mrs NolaVette
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   Posted 10/5/2016 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Gretchen. That helps to clarify the various causes of lesions as well as the role of the MRI in diagnosis. Appreciate it!
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