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My Arachnoidal thoracic cyst ... can it lead to MS?

I was just thinking about how this cyst on my spinal cord is there, like a thing haunting me. From T3-T8, so it's pretty long and is causing severe compression of my cord.

Can this lead to me having MS? I know sclerosis means 'the hardening of tissue.'

Or is MS mostly a disease that affects the part of the spinal cord that it is the brain and the brain itself?


  • It is now generally accepted that MS involves an autoimmune process—an abnormal response of the body’s immune system that is directed against the myelin (the fatty sheath that surrounds and insulates the nerve fibers) in the central nervous system (CNS—the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves). The exact antigen, or target that the immune cells are sensitized to attack, remains unknown.

    This info is from The National MS Society

  • Being diagnosed with "Upper Motor Neuron Disease", I did bunches of research!! The level you are at, most likely would not result in MS. Now if they find lesions in your brain (like me), then MS, ALS or PLS may come into play. Did you ask you doctor this question?

    EMG is the 'gold standard for finding nerve issues suggesting lesions as MRI many times "can not" find them!! Fingers crossed that upper neuron (brain issues) are not in play for you - me, it sucks!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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