Patients living with more than one chronic disease face unique challenges. Unfortunately, comorbidities seem more and more common especially with autoimmune diseases. As someone living with multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, I am understandable drawn to other patients who live with the same combination of diseases.
This week is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week so I asked a few MS/RA patients to share their stories with us today. Six patients were kind enough to contribute. Diagnosed with RA before MS, patients AH, CL, and Momuv6Boys09 (MB) share their stories below. Stories from patients diagnosed with MS first can be found on MS Central .
When were you diagnosed with MS and when were you diagnosed with RA?
AH: I was diagnosed with RA a few months before my diagnosis of MS in 2008. Having the two diseases together somehow tripped up getting a diagnosis.
MB: I was diagnosed with ...
As MS patients we all know what a demyelinating disease is, right?
“...any disease of the nervous system in which the myeline sheath of neurons is damaged. This impairs the conduction of signals in the affected nerves, causing impairment in sensation, movement, cognition, or other functions depending on which nerves are involved.”
Demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) include multiple sclerosis (MS), transverse myelitis (TM), Devic's disease (same as neuromyelitis optica), optic neuritis (ON), progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), acute demyelinating encephalomyelitis (ADEM).
Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO), also known as Devic's Disease, is very rare. The exact figures are unknown but estimated to be no more than 6/1000 people (in Europe / North America), whereas with multiple sclerosis it is 1/800 people. Attacks of Devic's tend to be more severe with lasting disability, while initial attacks of RRMS recov...
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