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Old 06-28-2009, 09:45 PM   #1
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Can MS cause more lung issues

Hello,

I have been told by one neurologist that I have probable MS and another neurologist said I meet the criteria for MS: two tests pointing towards this: MRI showed more than one lesion on brain, I had optic neuritis and now I have slowed left eye response.

In January of 2009 I had pneumonia. I was treated with antibiotics levoquin. Now I have issues again with a lower respiratory infection. The doctor asked me if I have trouble swallowing and I said most of the time I can swallow just fine.

My question is has anybody heard of multiple lower respiratory tract infections due to MS? Second question is if you do have a swallowing problem due to MS is it that you cannot swallow at all?

thank you very much for any responses.

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Old 06-29-2009, 07:43 AM   #2
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Re: Can MS cause more lung issues

Once you have had pneumonia, you are at risk for infection. When I had bacterial pneumonia, my doctor told me that I would likely be susceptible. Sure enough, a year later, another bout of pneumonia. Since then I have always had my annual flu shot to be safe (some people can not if they are taking certain DMDs I understand).

As to swallowing, I have had swallowing issues since 2002. The solution for me has been to sleep on an incline (Upper body higher) and to drink ICE cold water. Some foods cause choking and those I have eliminated. You might have to give up some favorites, but you can make the adjustment!!
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Old 06-29-2009, 12:17 PM   #3
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Once you have had pneumonia, you are at risk for infection. When I had bacterial pneumonia, my doctor told me that I would likely be susceptible. Sure enough, a year later, another bout of pneumonia. Since then I have always had my annual flu shot to be safe (some people can not if they are taking certain DMDs I understand).

As to swallowing, I have had swallowing issues since 2002. The solution for me has been to sleep on an incline (Upper body higher) and to drink ICE cold water. Some foods cause choking and those I have eliminated. You might have to give up some favorites, but you can make the adjustment!!
Thank you very much for your response. I appreciate you taking the time to help me. Have a great day MSJayhawk,
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Old 06-29-2009, 01:04 PM   #4
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Re: Can MS cause more lung issues

(some people can not if they are taking certain DMDs I understand).


Actually just wanted to point out that any DMD can be taken with a flu and penumonia shot. The MS Society as of 2006 has actually recommended that we get both shots.

Working in health care, I have to have the flu shot as well as the pneumonia vaccine- and I have never had any problem with recieving either of them, nor have I gotten the flu or pneumonia...I recommend that as we get closer to fall, everyone gets the vaccines, just becaue being on the interferon's especially- can compromise our immune systems. The flu is not fun whether you have MS or not!
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(some people can not if they are taking certain DMDs I understand).


Actually just wanted to point out that any DMD can be taken with a flu and penumonia shot. The MS Society as of 2006 has actually recommended that we get both shots.

Working in health care, I have to have the flu shot as well as the pneumonia vaccine- and I have never had any problem with recieving either of them, nor have I gotten the flu or pneumonia...I recommend that as we get closer to fall, everyone gets the vaccines, just becaue being on the interferon's especially- can compromise our immune systems. The flu is not fun whether you have MS or not!
Thank you very much for the helpful information, I appreciate it. I have not gotten a pneumonia vaccination ever. I better start getting this vaccination. I also work in the health care industry, I perform software V&V on a big instrument that is used in bloodscreening and diagnostics.

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Re: Can MS cause more lung issues

Brenda, the type of healthcare you work in, your chances for contamination are much smaller then if you worked with actual patients. I actually do- all day, every day. And, I work in large hospitals and nursing homes/assisted livings. People in my line of work are required by the state of NJ to get both inocculations, unless they can show verification why they cannot.

I checked with both my Doctor and my MS Specialist along with the MS SOciety on their opinion, all three conquered that its a good idea to have both the flu and the pneumonia done...but you should check with your doctor. Ive never had Pneumonia, and I do not know if having had it, changes the situation as to whether or not you should get the vaccine. I would DOUBT it, as I certainly have had the flu before....but check, to be sure.

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Old 06-30-2009, 04:26 AM   #7
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Re: Can MS cause more lung issues

If you are having problems swallowing you may be aspirating some food or liquids which in turn can cause respiratory infections. This can be an MS problem.

 
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Re: Can MS cause more lung issues

Aspirated Penumonia, which is what you are describing is a completely different type of pneumonia then respiratory pneumonia- and cannot be passed along to others. It is not an MS thing, but is a symptom of people who often choke and cannot tolerate anything but puree'd food. Its common in older people as well as people who have throat cancer and these same people often go on feeding tubes in order to eat.

A doctor can tell immediately if this is aspirated Pnemonia. Since penumonia seems to be the issue- and seems respiratory pnemonia is what has been diagnosed, and it was treated with antibiotics, Im fairly sure this condition is the type which would be considered simply infection, or respiratory- and thus not an MS thing.
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Old 06-30-2009, 11:46 AM   #9
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Re: Can MS cause more lung issues

I am getting better with antibiotics. When I had pnemonia in January of 2009 I got better with antibiotics. Maybe there has just been a lot of nasty respiratory illnesses going around this year. Thank you for everybody's helpful information.

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