Here is My Question:
This question has been really been driving me nuts. I know there is research pointing to a possible like between MS and EBV but have you ever heard of or is it possible that human parvovirus B19 could trigger MS in the same way? I have RRMS diagnosed last year around May 2018. In 2015, I started having a bunch of crazy symptoms like muscle pain, difficulty walking, burning, dizziness, and a bunch of other weird things.
My smart PCP asked if my daughter recently had fifth disease and low and behold she had it the week before. It was severe and I ended up with a positive ANA and anti-RNP antibodies, liver inflammation and a ton other stuff. Had to see Rheumatologist to rule out mixed connective tissue disease etc. Eventually the ANA and anti-RNP became normal and we just left things at that. I wish I had an MRI around that time but didn’t. I kept getting weird symptoms for years and finally got a diagnosis of MS last year and have brain and spinal cord lesions and brain atrophy. I’m 38 :(.
I’ve just always been so curious as to whether it is possible for the parvo to trigger this but most of my MDs have never seen an adult with parvo.
I am aware of adults with Parvovirus B19 infections, but there is as yet no link between this virus and the development of MS reported in the literature.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Clinical Neurosciences Director
University of California San Diego
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