Even if you have CCSVI and not MS, the chances are that you will have been diagnosed with MS as the symptoms for both are the same, although the causes differ. Depression is a common symptom of MS and is hard to untangle as it is hard to know if you are depressed as a symptom or depressed because of your situation. Additionally, each condition can make the other one worse. It is also hard to know if you are depressed because many of the symptoms of MS and depression are similar.
Both depression and Ms can cause extreme fatigue, a lack of drive and increased need to sleep or insomnia. Both may lead you to become disappointed in yourself or guilty if you feel you have failed in something, or less inclined to do something that you used to enjoy. It is hard to know if these symptoms are caused by MS or depression and as a result many cases of MS are initially diagnosed as depression and many MS sufferers have undiagnosed depression.
What causes Depression in MS?
50% of people with MS will suffer from depression at some time in their life, in contrast to 15% of the general population. It is also estimated that at any given time 14% of people with MS will be suffering an episode of depression.
If you have MS depression can be caused by one or all of the following:
- Reactive Depression. A reaction to the MS diagnosis, or an attack of symptoms that limit lifestyle or force you to give up things you previously enjoyed. The reactions of friends or family, the fear of what is to come and the future of your disease can also trigger depression.
- Medication. Some drugs used to treat MS have depression as a common side effect, as can steroids, which can induce euphoria followed by a period of anti-climax.
- Organic Depression. The result of MS and CCSVI is nerve damage, in the case of MS, demyelination of nerves, and with CCSVI, the deposit of iron in the central nervous system. It is possible that depression can be caused by scarring or damage to nerves in a particular part of the brain, although so far there are no studies to show which areas of the brain this may be. Organic depression can also be unrelated to MS, and you could have been likely to suffer from depression at some point regardless of whether you had developed MS.
It is possible that you suffer from CCSVI, and not MS. More than 80% of patients with a Relapsing –Remitting MS, over 90% of patients with secondary progressive MS, and 90% patients with the primary -progressive type of MS that could be treated using the Liberation method. We use ultrasound and Doppler tests to establish whether or not an MS sufferer in fact has CCSVI. If you would like to talk to a trained U.S. based case worker about our diagnosis methods and treatment programs then contact us today on 1-866-668-9263, using the contact form on the left of your screen, or by leaving a comment on this article.