Apr 15, 2011 Maija Haavisto:
Multiple sclerosis and chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis have much more in common than most people realize. The symptoms can be staggeringly similar - fatigue, muscle weakness, pain, urinary frequency, cognitive problems and neurological symptoms.
Both illnesses primarily affect women, but can strike anyone, including children.
There are differences, too. CFS/ME has appeared in several epidemics, while multiple sclerosis epidemics have never been reported. CFS/ME is thought to affect about 0.5% of people, while MS has a prevalence of about 0.1% (though it varies widely between countries, mostly by latitude). Thus CFS/ME is more common, yet poorly known by doctors compared to MS. Read more>>