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Old 04-21-2009, 06:43 AM   #1
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ms and lymes

my wife was diagnosed with ms in 1997,in 2008 she also was diagnosed with lymes . Copaxone was the treatment of choice,however i believe that it suppresses the immune system.possibly giving lymes bacteria free access to her system.After six months of copaxone she could barley walk with a walker anyone out there with similar problems

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Old 04-21-2009, 08:40 AM   #2
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Re: ms and lymes

Are the doctors- Lyme and MS- talking to each other? A bad relapse of MS could leave your wife unable to walk. The medication will not stop the disease. Some MS patients will progress rapidly and others slowly- with or without meds. Remember there is no cure for MS at this time.

My first action would be to confirm that the Lyme is being cured and than if your wife's problem walking is MS, Lyme, or both. For this you really need to get both doctors to talk to one another. You may have to play the patient advocate to make sure this all happens.

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Re: ms and lymes

Hello, reelwood.

I think it would be very important at this point to get some claification from your wife's doctors. Lymes is sometimes mis-diagnosed as MS. Lymes disease can cause neurological symptoms and lesions on the MRI.

It's possible your wife MIGHT be dealing with Lymes and not MS. It could POSSIBLY be the reason she is getting worse. I am not a doctor and the reason I mentioned getting some clarification from her doctors.

Have you been on the Lymes forum? If you haven't then here is the URL for it:
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Old 04-21-2009, 03:21 PM   #4
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Re: ms and lymes

Hi I would look into the possiblity of antibiotic therapy for the lyme as mentioned by others it may be the cause of the lesions/symptoms. (Copaxone does not suppress the immune system like the interferons it merely acts as a myelin decoy for the body to attack)

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