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Doctor insights on: What Do Als Ms And Lupus Have In Common

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How do I know if I have als, MS or none?

How do I know if I have als, MS or none?

Unlikely you do: If you possessed als, you would have muscle weakness, atrophy, and flickering of muscles. Ms would experience problems with imbalance, loss of vision, incoordination, fatigue, cognitive issues, leg weakness, etc. Why are you worried? See your doctor and enquire about your health. ...Read more

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What's wrong with me? I think I have lupus or ms.

What's wrong with me? I think I have lupus or ms.

Need testing: I hope you have explained these symptoms to your regular doctor. If so, they will be able to determine which blood or imaging studies you may need, if any. They may also refer you to a specialist for a complete work up or adjust your medications. If you have not told your doctor, please do. Also consult your family tree to see if anyone else has an autoimmune disease. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have MS or als?

Very different: Why do you think you have either? Have you consulted a neurologist? Have you had diagnostic testing? Need to start perhaps with your primary care doc, and get referral if needed to neurology. ...Read more

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Can blood tests indicate or detect MS and als? Help please?

Can blood tests indicate or detect MS and als? Help please?

None currently: At this point, no definitive blood tests are available for either, but suspect we will see some genetic testing arriving soon to assist confirming diagnoses. ...Read more

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My friend has ms&lupus she has no insurance. Right now she is having a relapse is there anything that I can do to help her besides the er?

My friend has ms&lupus she has no insurance. Right now she is having a relapse is there anything that I can do to help her besides the er?

Approaches: A relapse needs immediate treatment, as without intervention may not reverse, and could cause permanent brain or spinal cord dysfnctn. But the best long-term solution is to contact MS Society locally, and get information on compassionate drug programs. She should be taking an MS disease modifying agent of some sort. ...Read more

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My grandmother had MS & my aunt had lupus up until they passed, my mom got diagnosed recently w/both lupus&ms. What are the chances of me getting both?

My grandmother had MS & my aunt had lupus up until they passed, my mom got diagnosed recently w/both lupus&ms. What are the chances of me getting both?

Very uncommon.: Very unlikely. Can (has been reported!), but neuropsychiatric and central nervous system disease occurs not infrequently in sle. However, ms has some definte laboratory and radiographic findings and sle does as well, so proper experts in rheumatology, neurology, and radiology should be able to sort it out! ...Read more

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How to know if I have als, MS or none?

How to know if I have als, MS or none?

Depends: Each illness has its own particular appearance, with signs and symptoms fitting to diagnosis. Not knowing your issues, there is no way we can sort this out for you. Best you communicate your concerns in further detail first. ...Read more

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What symptoms or results separate lupus from ms?

What symptoms or results separate lupus from ms?

Many: Lupus can cause skin changes over face, joint issues, and has blood tests which can confirm. Certainly, there can be peripheral nerve problems, and involvement of internal organs. MS is a disorder of brain, spinal cord, and eyes, lacks useful blood tests, but has specific patterns, and can be confirmed by MRI changes. ...Read more

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How to know if I have MS or ALS or something else?

What troubles you?: Are you asking if you suffer from neurological disease? Have you seen a neurologist? Have you discussed your concerns with your primary doctor? Without further information, our guidance is limited. You can find information about neurological conditions at aan. Com. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how lupus affecting the nervous system and MS differ?

Can you please tell me how lupus affecting the nervous system and MS differ?

SEE BELOW: Lupus may mimic ms and in evaluating a patient for ms, we commonly check lupus blood tests to make certain. But in general, this is a collagen vascular disease involving several organs in the periphery, not just brain or spinal cord, while ms is restricted to the central nervous system. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the effects of MS and lupus on the nervous system?

What is the difference between the effects of MS and lupus on the nervous system?

Deceptive likeness: Both lupus and ms are autoimmune disorders and both affect the central nervous system. Both causes apparently random, sudden and often bizarre symptoms. Treatments for ms long-term have now been primarily interferon-based. No such widely accepted treatment exists for lupus. Steroids are often helpful in both conditions in short term. Diagnostic tests can separate the 2 conditions often. ...Read more

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What to do if I have MS and I notice lupus has a lot of similarities. I was just curious which disease is worse to have?

Different disorders: Lupus can mimic MS, and rarely may co-exist. Severity of both can vary extensively. Cannot really compare one to another, but if you have MS only, best to use a potent medication such as Tysabri (natalizumab) or Gilenya. ...Read more

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Is lupus attacking the nerves the same as ms? I know they’re different diseases, but when lupus affects the nervous system, does it do it the same way as ms? Are the symptoms the same?

Is lupus attacking the nerves the same as ms? I know they’re different diseases, but when lupus affects the nervous system, does it do it the same way as ms? Are the symptoms the same?

One kind of lupus: Lupus has many ways of hurting and destroying organs, one kind of lupus of the nervous system is similar and may coincide with ms
numbness poor function disconections of short circuits in electric system (nerves are like cables, with ms you loose the insulation, myelin). ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the genetic links with MS and motor neurone disease (als)?

None: Als and ms are completely different disorders, and have no known common genetic profiles. ...Read more

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What to do if I feel shaky all over body. Can this be als, Parkinson's or ms?

Also consider-: You should consider these diagnoses instead- essential tremor, hyperthyroidism, and medication side effect. These are much more commonly the cause of a symptom like yours.

Parkinsons normally causes symptoms of slow movement and rigidity, and a tremor at rest. MS normally causes weakness, numbness of difficulty with vision. ALS normally causes painless weakness and significant weight loss. ...Read more

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I am seeing a MS specialist to rule in or out MS (not diagnosed). My uncle just died of ALS. Can ALS Wax and Wane early in the disease?

I am seeing a MS specialist to rule in or out MS (not diagnosed). My uncle just died of ALS. Can ALS Wax and Wane early in the disease?

Not known to do such: The description of ALS is one of a progressive unremitting motor neuron disease affecting upper and lower elements of the nervous system. This means that it's course is progressive getting worse with time. However, early on depending on how some people interpret things they certainly could feel better one day and worse the next. Hard call. Talk more? Www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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My mum has MS and doctors are starting to think she has Lupus too. If this is the case how would this effect her life and can it kill her?

My mum has MS and doctors are starting to think she has Lupus too. If this is the case how would this effect her life and can it kill her?

Complicated: Not clear why a pt who has established MS would develop lupus, as more likely she has a biologically false positive ANA titer, which can occur from some medications and even infection (syphiiis). But if she has both, treatment becomes very complex, as some rheumatological agents can worsen the MS (those that block tumor necrosis factor alpha). Unlikely to kill her, but may affect quality of life ...Read more

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Recently diagnosis with lupus diagnosis with MS in 2003. Could I have had lupus all this time instead of ms? My neuro now thinks my lesions don't look like ms

Recently diagnosis with lupus diagnosis with MS in 2003. Could I have had lupus all this time instead of ms? My neuro now thinks my lesions don't look like ms

Sort this out ASAP: Lupus is one of the diseases that may mimic MS, and very critical to pin down correct diagnosis. I do not have sufficient information to guide this, but if you are encountering uncertainty, get a second opinion ASAP. A rheumatologist could be very helpful regarding the lupus question. Might also, consider anti-phospholipid antibody syndrome in addition. ...Read more

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Physiatrist test 4 fibromy, lupus, MS abnormreslts: low-neutros 40.3%;hi-lymphos 11.2%; sedrate33; CRP 0.2; rhf 12, b-glob-1.3, a/g-0.9; prob just fibro

Physiatrist test 4 fibromy, lupus, MS abnormreslts: low-neutros 40.3%;hi-lymphos 11.2%; sedrate33; CRP 0.2; rhf 12, b-glob-1.3, a/g-0.9; prob just fibro

Fibromyalgia?: 36y fem has "neck pain, muscle spasm, hand numbness", normal cystoscopy, tests normal blood & for Lupus/MS; takes OxyContin/antidepressant. Fibromyalgia sufferers oft have global painful muscle spasms, especially Superior trapezium, headaches, ulnar parasthesias of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, urinary frequency, fatigue, non-restorative sleep & depression. See Rheumatologist for diagnosis & FM meds. ...Read more

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Twitching sensation feels like throbbing every body. Comes and goes. Is it MS or ALS?

Twitching: Your symptoms do not sound like MS or ALS. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, eating a well balanced diet with 3 meals per day, and getting enough sleep every night. If your symptoms continue, you need to see you physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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