Can you remember? Put your finger on a really stressful event that happened in your life in the year that you were diagnosed with MS? I can…my dad died.
Today is Father’s Day where I live. This got me to thinking more about my Dad, and missing him. I thought back to when he died and realized that he died in the same year that I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Let’s talk about STRESS!
This made me do a little research on “Stress and the Onset of MS”. I had heard long ago that a very stressful event, along with everything else thought needed to cause MS (maybe a virus, ethnic make-up, where you grew up- temperature, susceptible genes, gender and who knows what else) STRESS or Trauma might be responsible for getting the party started. I couldn’t find much, but I did find an article written in “The National Inst. Of Neurological Disorders and Stroke”. This fueled my interest. Most of the article by Dr. Trond Risse, professor of lifestyle epidemiology at The Univ. of Bergen in Norway, suggested that stress was proven to not be involved. Only to be contradicted in the end by a different professor, Dr. Thomas Mack, professor of preventive medicine and pathology at The Univ. of Southern, CA.
Having said all of that, I’d like to do my own research 🙂 If you have MS, can you identify a stressful event, or series of events within the 12 month period preceding your diagnosis? Please tell us about it. Have you ever considered it to be involved in the presenting of your MS?
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Scientific minds want to know!