The symptoms between CFS, Fibromyalgia and MS can be very similar, but there are differences between them that set the illnesses apart from each other.
One of the main differences that sets MS apart from CFS & FM is the timing and duration of symptoms at the onset of the illness. MS symptoms most often flare for a shorter period of time than CFS & FM symptoms (like a day) and then they will disappear and go in remission for a month or more before appearing again.
In CFS & FM patients, symptoms wax and wane, but most symptoms are apparent daily.
MS symptoms include:
- Numbness or weakness in one or more limbs, which typically occurs on one side of your body at a time or the bottom half of your body
- Partial or complete loss of vision, usually in one eye at a time, often with pain during eye movement
- Double vision or blurring of vision
- Tingling or pain in parts of your body
- Electric-shock sensations that occur with certain head movements
- Tremor, lack of coordination or unsteady gait
Other signs of MS that will be evident when visiting the doctor are: