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Is it possible for chronic elevated cortisol to instigate multiple sclerosis?

2 doctors weighed in

In brief: No, not a cause

Ms is an immune mediated disorder associated with genetic susceptibility and environmental triggers.
Treatments of exacerbations employ steroids or acth, which quell and control inflammation, and could result in increased cortisol levels transiently in the body. Am unaware of any case of cushing's disease associated with ms.

In brief: No, not a cause

Ms is an immune mediated disorder associated with genetic susceptibility and environmental triggers.
Treatments of exacerbations employ steroids or acth, which quell and control inflammation, and could result in increased cortisol levels transiently in the body. Am unaware of any case of cushing's disease associated with ms.
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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine

In brief: No

As far as we know there is no one single cause for ms; the instigating factor varies for individuals.
There are theories, but none of them (that i know of) are that high levels of cortisol cause it. Low levels are actually associated with ms, particularly with worsening of disease that is already present.

In brief: No

As far as we know there is no one single cause for ms; the instigating factor varies for individuals.
There are theories, but none of them (that i know of) are that high levels of cortisol cause it. Low levels are actually associated with ms, particularly with worsening of disease that is already present.
Dr. Lonna Larsh
Dr. Lonna Larsh
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