This question has been on my mind for a good number of years.
Much like Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease. The disease attacks the protective myelin covering of the central nervous system. This causes inflammation and it often destrys the myelin in patches (phospholipid layer that surrounds the axons of many neurons of the spine). Most of the time, people with MS suffer from MS attacks and subsequently go through times of full or partial recovery. So, like Lupus, I guess you can say that people with MS have MS “flares” followed by times of remission.
I know that there are other similarities in these two diseases, but I also wonder if any research has been done in families where one family member may have one of these diseases while another family member has another.
Why? I have 3 older siblings. My sister is the oldest while my brother is in the middle. I have Lupus, my brother doesn’t have anything…but my sister has MS. She was diagnosed a few years after I was diagnosed with Lupus.
Of the people who may read my blog, if you know of any information or research that is currently being done or has already been done concerning autoimmune diseases in family members (especially if the research is on MS and Lupus), please let me know. I’d be super interested!