Two weeks ago the flu reached epidemic status in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And for the first time in many years, I succumbed to the flu just before Christmas. It hit me hard, coming on quickly out of the blue, without warning. What started as watery eyes and a runny nose quickly turned into a severe cough with my chest seizing as it gasped for air in conjunction with a fever of 101. It lasted nine days. Only that’s not the end of it. Now begins the 6-week waiting period to see if a multiple sclerosis flare-up ensues.
There are common triggers of an MS flare-up even though symptoms of MS vary from patient to patient. One of the most common triggers is infection like the flu. According to Everyday Health, “Infections are the cause of about one-third of all flares of MS symptoms…infection weakens the immune system.” Since the flu is an upper respiratory infection, it most likely will make your immune system vulnerable to a MS relapse or exacerbation.
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