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Old 04-03-2008, 12:12 AM   #1
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MS and Mono -- is there any risk?

Hello there...

I don't know if this is a stupid question, so please bear with me.

Here's the situation: My father has MS. I just started dating a girl and she has had mono in the past. I've never had it.

I've read a lot of websites that say there may be a link between MS and mono. Is that something I should be concerned with?

I've also read that something like 95% of the population has the virus that causes mono, so maybe I already have it anyway even though I've never had the symptoms.

I don't know if I'm just being stupid or whether it's something I should be concerned about.

Thanks,
Bruno

 
Old 04-03-2008, 09:00 AM   #2
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Re: MS and Mono -- is there any risk?

No stupid question ever exist in the quest for learning and obtaining knowledge and the wisdom with which to use it. There are myriad theories as to the origins of MS. The truth is, they do not know. If they knew the cause, then they could create a cure (or work towards it while teaching preventative means towards avoiding MS). There has to be objective data that works in clinical trials. Some DMDs show promising results only to later determine that the person went into remission without the DMD actually working.

Your dad has MS. As this is a compromise of his immune system, your girlfriend should avoid handing things to your dad or to you. You should make sure that you do not contaminate/spread mono to your dad during your girlfriends bout with mono.

Mono and CFS (Chronic Fatigue System), in my non-medical opinion, are more closely related. I had a cousin who spent 10 years with CFS and finally got through it.

 
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Old 04-03-2008, 11:25 AM   #3
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Re: MS and Mono -- is there any risk?

What I don't understand is that if some 95% of all U.S. adults have the EBV in their body, then wouldn't that mean that 95% of those with MS would have the virus too?

I guess my fear is that my father having MS makes me susceptible to it and my girlfriend having mono in the past could provide the trigger.

But I guess I can't go through life dismissing any girl that has had mono. And even if you haven't had mono (symptoms), you may still have caught the EBV virus that they believe is the trigger, right?

I could have it already and be worrying for nothing.

 
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Re: MS and Mono -- is there any risk?

Hi, bruno. I completely understand your concern. Although there is a suspected link between EBV and MS, it's doubtful it's just that alone. It's a little like the chicken and the egg -- is EBV the trigger or does it just create the right environment in the body and make us more susceptible to developing MS? As you said, not everyone with EBV goes on to get mono.

I'm not a doctor but I think that if it's not full blown mono/chronic fatigue (inactive EBV) it should be okay. Perhaps you can ask your father's MS specialist about this but again, unfortunately there is not a definitive answer.

Although MS is not considered to be hereditary, there is a genetic component. That is why you sometimes see it run in families -- but it depends on your genetic blueprint. (And who knows, in some of us maybe a gene that's been mutated?! Like many others, it's nowhere in MY family, at least that I know of.) There's unfortunately just so much that is unknown. Although I don't think there's a problem with this girl, it's good that you're being aware and asking these questions.

Good luck to you AND your dad!

 
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