can m.s be connected to a.s ??

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Awaiting to see a rheumatologist for back stiffness , neck abd shoulder pain, and hip pain , not sure wots wrong but my mum died of complications with m.s when she was only 38 years old , just wandering if m.s is hereditery or could my symptons b early signs of m.s I so hope not but cant help finking about it

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    Multiple Sclerosis is thought to be autoimmune, but there's no really In fact, in one study of 196 patients with AS, only 2 had MS.

    Both diseases deal with T-cell issues......but then, many, many, many disorders involve T-cells, so at this point, that really doesn't say much.

    Many of the scholarly articles about a possible association between the two diseases are fairly old, which leads me to believe that their conclusions may no longer be valid.

    I don't believe there's a singular test to diagnose MS. If you're that concerned, you need to make an appointment with a neurologist.

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    Ugh, I hate that there's no option to edit a post.

    I wrote:  "Multiple Sclerosis is thought to be autoimmune, but there's no really." 

    That should have read:  " Multiple Sclerosis is thought to be autoimmune, but there's really clear evidence to validate that."

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    Hi Mandy

    i read this a long time go...

    Both MS and RA (and my own AS) are all thought by a lot of research to be related to a biological process in the body called molecular mimicry - where the body makes antibodies against an infection (google Epstein Barr virus for MS, and Proteus Mirabilis for RA, Klebsiella Pneumonia for my AS) - because these "invaders" carry a protein sequence that is similar to the tissues in some people the antibodies attack the self-tissues as well. (Google "epitope spreading")

    in a person with a strong immune system the antibodies that are targeted against self - are hoovered up - the issue with autoimmunity is that the self antibodies are not deleted as they should be (google "colonial deletion" and apoptosis) 

    It is explained well in this article on an MS site -


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