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Conditions that are similar to, linked to, or mimic MS

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  1. The difference between Lou Gehrig's Disease and MS. Multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are different diseases with some similar features and symptoms.
     
    They both:
    Affect your muscles and your ability to move your body Attack your brain and spinal cord Have “sclerosis” in their name Cause scarring or hardening around nerve cells  
    They have some key differences, though. MS is an autoimmune disease that causes your body to attack itself. ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a nervous system disorder that wears away nerve cells in your brain and spinal cord. Both are treated differently.
  2. Hans Chiari was a German pathologist who, between 1891 and 1896, described various anomalies of the caudal cerebellum and brainstem from post mortem studies.
  3. The symptoms of diabetic neuropathy are wide-ranging and depend entirely on the form of neuropathy present, and which nerves are being affected.
     
    Common symptoms of neuropathy include:
    Numbness Tingling Pain
    As per this topic:
     
     
  4. FibroAction is a dynamic national charity (registered charity number 1125957) that was created because a group of people felt that raising awareness of Fibro in the UK was essential to the future wellbeing of everyone with the condition. A core aim of the charity has always been to make up-to-date, evidence based and reputable information about Fibro more readily accessible.

    FibroAction has now merged with FMA UK: http://www.fmauk.org/
  5. Fibromyalgia Association UK is a registered charity administered by unpaid volunteers. The majority of volunteers are also fibromyalgia sufferers who work extremely hard, despite their condition, in order to forward the cause of fibromyalgia. FMA UK was established in order to provide information and support to sufferers and their families. In addition, the Association provides medical information for professionals and operates a national helpline.

    Also look at the links for ME/CFS in this category, as Fibro is sometimes bundled with CFS.

    Fibroaction has now merged with FMA UK.
  6. Functional Neurological Disorder provides an umbrella term for a variety of symptoms of apparent neurological origin, but which current models struggle to explain psychologically or organically. Presentation may be similar to a wide range of other neurological conditions from non-epileptic seizures to dystonia.
  7. Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), sometimes known as Hughes Syndrome and, more colloquially, as “sticky blood”, is an autoimmune disease which affects the blood and its ability to clot. An overactive immune system produces antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) which cause the blood to clot too quickly both in veins and arteries.
     
    We are the only UK charity dedicated to supporting anyone affected by APS, and aim to achieve earlier diagnosis and better treatment by raising awareness of the condition and helping fund research.
  8. A huge site from Mary Shomon.
  9. Has your “Get up and Go - Got up and Gone”? If you’re fed up and frustrated with not finding answers to your questions - then this may be the most important thyroid web site you will find.
  10. Thyroid UK is a charitable company working primarily within the United Kingdom. The provision of quality information for people with both diagnosed and undiagnosed thyroid disorders is the primary concern of Thyroid UK, and we work effectively in this field through dialogue with NHS departments, networking with other voluntary organisations, and providing services direct to patients.
  11. Stressed out, run down, exhausted? Weight issues? Feeling blue? Losing hair? These could be signs that your thyroid is out of whack.
  12. Leaky gut means that substances which should be held in the gut leak out through the gut wall – this causes many problems! Hydrogen ions (ie acid) cannot be concentrated in the stomach (hypochlorrhydria). This causes malabsorption of minerals and vitamin B12. Hypochlorrhydria is a major risk factor for fermenting gut since acid helps to sterilise the upper gut. It also is an essential part of protein digestion. Leaky gut causes allergy.
  13. Lupus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that can affect virtually any system in the body. Think of it as a "self-allergy" where the body attacks its own cells and tissues, causing inflammation, pain, and possible organ damage.

    Here you'll find information on Lupus, including symptoms, diagnosis, tests, medications, news, complementary therapies, living with lupus & more!
  14. The Lupus Trust (previously St Thomas Lupus Trust) was set up to fund vital research into lupus and provide information on lupus. Since then, we have worked tirelessly with nursing staff, clinical research teams, patients and those who care for friends or family with Lupus.

    Official Support and Information For Lupus. This website contains information for medical professionals, patients and supporters.
  15. Lyme Disease Action exists to address the current lack of awareness of Lyme disease amongst the public, the medical profession and the Department of Health and its Agencies.

    The Public is often unaware that ticks can carry disease. Patients may ignore a rash and being unaware of the significance of some symptoms, do not relate them to their GP. Thus easily diagnosed early Lyme disease can become very difficult-to-diagnose late and chronic Lyme disease.
  16. Action for M.E. is the leading UK charity for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) and their carers.

    M.E. is a chronic, fluctuating illness affecting 250,000 people in the UK. It may be diagnosed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS). M.E. symptoms may include persistent exhaustion, muscle and/or joint pain, sleep disturbance, feeling ’flu-like and having problems with memory and concentration.

    Action for M.E. will provide information and support, while campaigning for better services and more effective treatments and driving and investing in research – until our vision is achieved and M.E. is overcome.
  17. ME commonly starts with abdominal pain and diarrhoea, together with a persistent headache and / or vertigo, with a stiff neck and back, together with generalised myalgia, described as intense and burning. Muscles are tender to palpation and muscle spasm is not uncommon. There may be severe, intractable pain in particular groups of muscles, most notably in the neck and in the shoulder and pelvic girdles: the more severely affected are unable to stand unsupported for more than a few minutes. There is sometimes segmental pain in the chest wall.
  18. We provide information, support and practical advice for people, families and carers affected by M.E. (Myalgic Encephalopathy), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS). We also fund and support research, and offer education and training.

    We are the oldest established ME/CFS charity funding only biomedical research into the illness.
  19. Similarities & differences explained. Multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease often seem a lot alike. Both diseases can cause your hands to shake, for example. Does that mean the two conditions are linked?
     
    While some signs of MS and Parkinson’s look the same, they’re different diseases. You can have both at the same time, though.
     
  20. TM is a rare neurological disorder, one of a group of "neuroimmunologic" diseases of the central nervous system, which also include ADEM, NMO (Devic's Disease) and MS. These conditions all involve inflammatory attacks in the central nervous system. They are differentiated primarily by the location of the attack, and by the attacks being either monophasic (one off) or multiple episodes. These disorders share common mechanisms and have many common symptoms.
  21. The B12 Deficiency Support Group (which is now a charity)has brought you this page to support anyone who suffers from any of a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue (or overwhelming tiredness, may be diagnosed as ME, PV CFS - Post Viral Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), pins and needles (including strange feelings in the face, arms, legs, numbness, "socks and gloves"), loss of power (haven't got strength in your arm or leg, can't swallow, difficulty with eyesight), memory and thinking problems (sometimes called "the fogs", could develop into dementia and/or Alzheimer's disease), digestive problems (frequently called Crohn's disease), infertility and/or menorrhagia, and autoimmune disease.

    The B12 Deficiency Support Group (B12d, for short) is a charity.

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