I recently read an article on everydayhealth.com called “When MS Attacks the Spinal Cord.” I was told when I was first diagnosed, four years ago, that I had four lesions in the cervical area of my spinal cord. So I was very interested in reading this article.
Some of the highlights include:
- researchers have “knowledge gaps about the role spinal cord lesions affect people with MS.” I love the way they term it as knowledge gaps–not really.
- spinal cord lesions in MS are probably from the same mechanism as those in the brain. Probably?? This disease is surely baffling to those of us who deal with it every day–and research is still saying probably?? Oh my.
- toxic chemicals produced by white blood cells strip the myelin insulation off of the connections between nerves. I have not heard about toxic chemicals before.
- spinal cord lesions are more common in the progressive forms of MS, and are more common in men. That struck me as interesting. Even though I was first diagnosed as having the relapsing remitting form of MS, and doctors prescribed a disease modifying treatment (drug), I think that I had already progressed to the secondary progressive stage. I have not had a new symptom for about 5 years, and now, all the symptoms I have will either gradually or quickly get worse (again, probably). So far, it seems that things are progressing slowly. Praise God!
- the areas of the spinal cord that are generally effected are in the top section near the second and third cervical vertebrae. (Which is where mine are.)
Generally the article doesn’t give any kind of absolute facts, but it is still interesting. As with MS research, they still know very little about what causes multiple sclerosis and therefore there is no cure. This is very frustrating and bothersome!
Going back to the discussion I started a while back, I’m still waiting on the approval of the MRI on my lower back. They have initially rejected the MRI and now my doctor is doing something called Peer to Peer Review. It’s very interesting that my doctor told me that insurance companies are now requiring an MRI before doing an epidural. But even though they require it, they have rejected it. No wonder our healthcare system is a mess. If anyone understands this, please let me know!
So what is the connection? When I get the MRI for my back, which I am hoping will be approved, it will be interesting to see if there any lesions in that part of my spine.