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Is there a difference between cfs and ms symptoms?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Yes.: Symptoms can be similar, but nerve damage and plaques do not occur in the periphery or brain. No structural abnormalities have been found in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. One is autimmune (ms) and the other, possibly do to many factors, and is a diagnosis of exclusion. Specific abnormatities can be found in ms.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
YES: Although two distinctly different entities with very different causes, both may cause fatigue, but the problems with ms fatigue seem very different, as there is exhaustion without exertion, and a vague lassitude from the moment one awakens. There is an almost constant subjective lack of physical and/or mental energy. This seems related to the burden of disease on the mri, and may respond to meds.

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