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Saturday, February 05, 2011 Katie, Community Member, asks

Q: Can a traumatic physical event cause MS to appear?

I was a healthy 43 year old until May of 09 when I went to try out a horse to buy. It threw me, I had 27 fractures in my pelvis, hips and sacrum. Within a week or so I started having "electrical shock pains" in my brain and body. That was the beginning and it has continued downhill fast until I was finally diagnosed in 9/10 with too many to count brain lesions and option neuritis. Can that fall of been the catalyst?
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Vicki, Health Guide
2/ 6/11 7:23am

Hi Katie,

I am so sorry to hear about your MS diagnosis, especially on a day that should have been exciting -- trying a new horse.

There is a theory that stress can lead to exaggerated MS symptoms. Your fall certainly sounds stressful to me. It sounds very traumatic as you describe it, so it seems likely any MS symptoms lying dormant would wake up.

Another thing to think about is the MS may be diagnosed at any age. I was diagnosed when I was forty — the difference is that I had several events before then.

Let us know how you are doing.

KJ, Community Member
2/ 8/11 12:41pm

You may be interested in one of the earliest reported (possible) cases of MS. Lidwina of Schiedam is the patron saint of ice skaters and the chronically ill. About 1395, when she was 15, she fell while ice skating. After her fall she started having movement problems, pain, vision disturbances and a variety of other ailments (with periods of remission). Many people say that was the first documented case of MS.

Katie, Community Member
2/ 8/11 7:56pm

WOW, thank you for that.  I am gonna go research and see what I can find.  I truly believe there is something significant in my case between the accident/trauma and MS.  I may have had it forever, however, never once have did I have a symptom.  My neuro of course, says I'm wrong, that I just don't remember.  I'd never had a headache in my life until after that accident.  So somehow, someway there is a relation....and now you gave me hope to go see what I can find out!!!!

KJ, Community Member
2/ 8/11 9:00pm

Well I'm no expert, but a couple of things come to mind. First, when you were recovering from your injuries you were probably very much in tune to your physical condition. You were probably more sensitive to little sensations and problems that you might not have thought of when you were "healthy".


Second, when you were hurt your body was probably working hard to heal itself. We know that demylination is at the root of MS, and the body has some ability to regenerate myelin. Maybe you were so weakened by the injury that your body lost the myelination/demyelination fight and you eventually started showing symptoms.


This all sounds very "cartoonish" and may have little or no basis in reality. Something to think about though.

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By Katie, Community Member— Last Modified: 02/08/11, First Published: 02/05/11