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The Meaning Of JCV Levels

The Meaning Of JCV Levels

I recently learned I have the JC virus with a level of 2.8. My doctor is on vacation so I started trying to read up on it. This is what I think I have learned:

1; The virus is not a huge factor unless it morphs into PML
2: The rating scale measures the probability of getting PML and goes from 0 - 5.0
3: Even if your rating goes up it does not mean you will get PML, just that the odds have increased.
4: The way they can tell you that you have (are getting) PML is by measuring changes in… read more

edited, originally posted about 4 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

Thank you for your replies. I have decided I am not going to worry about it as I have other things to worry about right now. What is going to happen will happen, and I am not going to sweat it.

posted about 4 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

When I was told I had the JCV Virse. I was told in couldn't take the treatment. I didn't worry about getting nothing in my Brian. What for they can scare you sometimes. This was seven years ago. And thank God am dumber than ever so am good lol God bless.

posted about 4 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

The John Cunningham virus, known more commonly as the JC virus, is a very common virus in the United States. According to the World Journal of Neurosciences, between 70 and 90 percent of people in the world have the virus. The average person carrying the JC virus will never know and is unlikely to experience any side effects.
However, that’s not the case for a small percentage of individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS). The JC virus can be activated when a person’s immune system is compromised because of disease or immunosuppressive medication.

The virus can then be carried into the brain. It infects the white matter of the brain and attacks the cells responsible for making myelin, the protective coating that covers and protects nerve cells. This infection is called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). PML can be disabling, even fatal.

posted about 4 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

Laughter is the best medicine...God bless MSLynn
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posted about 4 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

@A MyMSTeam Member - You are so funny. I truly feel like I am dumber today than yesterday an certainly a month ago. Gotta' go with the flow!

posted about 4 years ago
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