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Re: Chronic Fatigue or Multiple Sclerosis?

Re: Chronic Fatigue or Multiple Sclerosis?

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Posted by Kaci on December 10, 2000 at 16:36:05:

In Reply to: Chronic Fatigue or Multiple Sclerosis? posted by Dana Bungay on December 08, 2000 at 04:22:07:

: I was diagonsed with Chronic Fatigue in 1995. About 3 years ago, my left leg started dragging when I was fatigued. I actually broke my ankle during one of these episodes. I have a definate limp and weakness on the left side since then. About 6 months ago, the "buzzing" down the left side became almost constant. It seems no one wanted to take me seriously, so it has taken until last week to see a Neurologist. The good news is, he believes me. The bad news is he's reasonably sure it's MS. A lot of the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue and MS are the same. Does anyone know some guidelines for distinquishing the two? On the MRI, the "plaques" can be seen on the spinal cord in the cervical spine area.

Hi Dana....Just to let you know that I can fully relate to your situation.......I, too, was first diagnosed with CFS (quite a number of years ago).....Recently, however, I have had neurological symptoms appear---the kind characteristic of MS.......However, thus far, my MRIs are "clear" of plaque......Fortunately, I have a doc who BELIEVES me and isn't worried about the inconclusive MRI.....So---the doc says my case is 'looking like MS', too!.....(Remember there is NO test that says 100% whether a person has MS or not!)......
As to whether there is a way to differentiate between CFS and MS----it appears (to me) that most MS'ers do exhibit an array of neurological problems, (as well as addition bladder problems, optical neuritis problems, etc., etc.)----that are not "typically" found with most CFS'ers .........
IF you do have MS, it isn't the end of the road......Remember, even though you've been ill for quite a while, you've made it thusfar!....And, you will make it further with the good Lord's help!...Keep the faith!!....You will be in my prayers!....Kaci

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