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Q: What Diseases Mimic Multiple Sclerosis?

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Vicki, Health Guide
3/16/11 10:14pm

Hi ead,

There are several diseases and conditions that mimic MS. Following is a list by type. I'm not guaranteeing that these are all of them, but it's a pretty good list.


Autoimmune Conditions:

Encephalomyelitis

Lupus

Sjogren's Syndrome

Myasthenia Gravis

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Infectious Diseases:

Lyme Disease

Human T-cell lymphotrophic virus-1

Neurosyphilis


Vascular Diseases:

Stroke Symptoms

Central Nervous System Angitis

Dural Arteriovenous Fistulas

Binswanger's


Other Diseases and Conditions:

Fibromyalgia

Vitamin B12 deficiency

Muscular Dystrophy 

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease)

Migraine

Hypo-thyroidism

Hhypertension

Beçhets

Arnold-Chiari deformity

Mitochondrial Disorder


The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation published an article that talks about these mimicing conditions in detail. This article tells how each condition is similar to MS, and then why it is different.


I hope this list and link provide you with the information you need. If not, perhaps a chat with your doctor would be more helpful. Good luck.

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By ead, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/17/11, First Published: 03/15/11