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HCV & multiple sclerosis

Here's my situation: In late 2007, I went to the doctor for general muscle and body pain. No one was able to find anything. After all kinds of tests, scans, etc., the docs found -- by accident, sounds like -- HCV, genotype 2, about a year later. I recently completed 24 weeks of interferon and ribavirin (mid-May), and now, the muscle and body pain have returned and seem to be intensifying. My question is: It is possible that I had/have undiagnosed multiple sclerosis, and then when I started treatment the interferon kept the MS from progressing?
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475300 tn?1312423126
I really don't know the answer to your question but I can say that a year later I still have the muscle and body pain.  No RA either.  just went for nerve muscle tests.  I honestly don't think I am going to find an answer.

Good luck to you
Denise
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This is what I'm trying to find out. Husband completed Hep C treatment (same drugs as you) and has been developing symptoms of MS as the years since treatment have gone by. I would like to know if Hep C can trigger MS or if the treatment can trigger MS.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12854039
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Both hep C and interferon can exacerbate underlying autoimmune diseases. So anything is possible. Have you been diagnosed with MS? Interferon alpha is the type used in the treatment of hep C patients. Interferon Beta is the type used to treat MS. I don't know if there is a crossover effect.

I am sorry you are not feeling well. I hope you get a definitive diagnosis and can get on with feeling your best. Good luck to you.
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