Friday, April 15, 2011

The symptoms of ME/CFS and MS can be staggeringly similar yet most doctors have no idea what ME/CFS is

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>>

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