Mandatory Rest Period: MOVED!


Got me thinking...

Erik posted yesterday about strong teeth and it got me thinking. For the last few days I've been trying to fight off a cold. It just hasen't taken over and run its course... its just kinda lingering at the surface level never making me super sick like it normally should. Is my uber over-working immune system working to my advantage here? Do other MS'ers stay relatively healthy in the non-MS way? Or is our immune system actually "compromised" and not able to fight off the normal winter yearly cold as well? Is our immune system compromised or now super sonic? My thoughts of the morning...


  • Funny you should post this! I was mentioning to my husband recently that since I've been on the meds for MS (Avonex & IVIG) that I haven't gotten sick. Like clockwork I'd always come down with bronchitis every February. But in the 2 years that I've been dx, I got the sniffles on Tuesday.

    So while all the bugs are being kept away, it was a a very high price.

    By Blogger Emily, at 1:50 p.m.  

  • Im no immunologist, but I really dont think what you are postulating is correct. It just that your immune system is trained to identify myelin as an foreign body to be destroyed. Now, if you have a really robust immune system, it would robustly beat the daylights out of your brain. The fact that you have a robust immune system may be why you even noticed that you have MS. If you have a weak immune system, you may never notice. Just my thoughts.

    By Blogger mdmhvonpa, at 8:39 p.m.  

  • If it makes you feel better I have had quite a few colds this year too. Way out of norm for me. Statistically MS'ers get less viral infections than the general population with the underlying being we're the same for bacterial infections.

    (Can you tell I've been backlogged in my reading since I'm responding to a post from over a week ago. Hope you get to feeling better - or are already better at this point!)

    By Blogger Erik, at 7:15 p.m.  

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