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Multiple Sclerosis and Graves’ Disease

Typically, Multiple Sclerosis and Graves’ Disease have little interaction. However, new information from a recent study found an overlap of the two.

The new study showed that over 50% of patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who use the drug LEMTRADA went on the develop Graves’ Disease.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

MS is a disease in which the immune system dissolves the protective covering of the nerves, causing a vast range of symptoms such as pain, vision loss, fatigue, impaired coordination, & more.

What is LEMTRADA?

LEMTRADA is a prescription infusion medication for those with relapsing MS. It is administered in 8 doses over 2 years, and is only available through a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy Program (REMS).

How are Multiple Sclerosis and Grave’s Disease Connected?

With MS, a certain type of cell attacks the neurologic system. When patients take LEMTRADA, it wipes out those cells of the immune system, causing a rebalancing of the immune system. This event is what can cause Graves’ Disease, and/or other conditions.

The immune system is like a scale, and if you weigh it too heavily one way or the other, your immune system’s imbalance can cure one issue, but leave you at risk of developing new ones.

Fortunately, the few from the study that did develop Graves’ disease had a mild case. But if you or somebody you know is taking medication for MS, we implore you to be vigilant and get checked for Graves’ disease.

Autoimmune diseases tend to coalesce. If you have one autoimmune disease, you are much more likely to get another one. Keep that in mind when evaluating your symptoms, and get your internist or nutritionist on board with you when it comes to treating autoimmune diseases.

Contact Dr. Douglas Today

If you are experiencing Graves’ eye disease, please contact our office at 310.657.4302. As one of the world’s leading experts in Graves’ eye disease treatment, Dr. Douglas can evaluate you and create a customized treatment plan for you, so you can be you again.

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