... Another connection I have come across is that 'leaky gut' is common in both autism & MS.
Leaky gut used to be thought of as a flaky alternative med concept. However, one very prominent gastroenterologist has studied this phenomenon in celiac disease & has discovered that it does indeed exist. At the present time, he has a funded Phase 2 research study underway testing a... (16 replies)
... State Representative Dan Burton here in Indiana has been relentless in his pursuit to see thimerasol being completely removed from all vaccines. His grandson has autism that he believes was caused by vaccines. He formed a committee and they have written to the President on several occasions asking for it's removal. ... (7 replies)
... i am 30 yrs old and was diagnosed with ms last year. ... (0 replies)
... My sister is 22 as well and has autism, and I found this site that really helped me. Look up Eden Services. I hope it helps. (16 replies)
... At the age of 4 lets call her abby so abby was diagnosed with mental retardation.
She was delayed in fine motor skills, and gross motor skills and had OT and PT for that in 2nd grade-4th grade.
abby was diagnosed with deafness later but took time because you can't find a mild loss quick after birth so she when she was 11 months old she put her finger in the sweeper and was... (0 replies)
... There was a thread a long while ago in which lots of people talked about how their families had MS and autism in them. ... (2 replies)
... I'm curious to know how many parents here (especially mothers) have Lyme Disease, have ever been suspected of having Lyme, or have felt that your health issues (which may have never been resolved or even diagnosed) were Lyme-related in some way? There are some groups out there which believe in Lyme-induced Autism. (Infected mothers can pass Lyme to their children during... (2 replies)
... As for the heavy metal thing.. Don't a lot of children with Autism suffer from heavy metals in their system? ... (16 replies)
... I really do believe that auto-immune issues play a factor. Autism is thought by many in the medical community to be an auto-immune disease.. or that they at least believe it should be looked at as such.
My mother has MS. Her sister has all sorts of health issues, including Lupus. Her other sister has a son with Autism. I have Lyme Disease (and perhaps some other... (16 replies)
... Yes, my husband has MS and my son has autism. We believe there is an autoimmune link. ... (16 replies)
... WHEN I FIRST TOOK MY SON TO A NEUROLOGIST BECAUSE WE WANT TO RULE OUT AUTISM , NEROLOGIC DISORDER or DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS. AND HER dx was a speech delay with autism features, but on the dx sheet she coded autism. we have BCBS of MS. ... (8 replies)
... My almost two year old son is being evaluated to see where he places on the autism spectrum. The people conductig the evaluation say that it's too soon to tell for sure but I know what I know. ... (4 replies)
... Ms. Khan,
It sounds to me like your son may be developmentally delayed, probably due to his premature birth. Have you spoken to his pediatrician about your concerns? It doesn't necessarily sound like Autism, however I'm not a Dr. or psychologist so it would be best to consult with an expert. He shouldn't be playing with anything glass. Little ones have no concept of... (2 replies)
... I'm bumping up this post as we have another new member with a familial history of MS. I still find the high family incidence of MS in autism families very interesting. ... (16 replies)
... I am glad you added this comment. I too, think this is unbelievable how many families affected by autism also have family members affected by MS. And most of the cases I have heard of are in either the mother or grandmother of the child affected. ... (16 replies)
... Just found this board today while researching autism and was stunned by this thread. My son has many red flags and is being evaluated by a specialist team in 3 weeks. I believe he is on the spectrum. ... (16 replies)
... Dr. A. Fasano, a gastroenterologist, is currently doing research on what might be called leaky gut issues ... Zonulin overexpression which occurs in MS & celiac disease, as well as autoimmune diabetes. I believe that leaky gut is a factor in many cases of autism, as well. (16 replies)
... I've been asking doctors this question for years. My son is now 14, but when he was diagnosed at age 2, I started meeting other parents with autistic kids.
Two of them had M.S. Seemed weird, since I knew I had an aunt and an uncle who both died of M.S. Two years later, I came down with M.S. (fortunately, it has been benign). My brother also came down with M.S. and he has... (16 replies)
... Would be very interested to hear more about this possible connection. I have MS and my 3 yr old grandson is diagnosed as on the autistic spectrum. ... (16 replies)
... We have one family member w/MS, & another one w/autism. I have not met anyone who has both.
In addition, we have a LOT of autoimmune diseases in our family. Celiac, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Lupus, Sjogren's, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. I have visited a number of support groups over the yrs (my son is now 15 yo) and have always been wowed at the number of Moms there... (16 replies)