9 Health Issues That Are Often Mistaken for MS

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Because multiple sclerosis (MS) is such a complex disease, sometimes it can be hard to get an accurate diagnosis. Even though research has been evolving there is still no single test that can determine if a patient has MS.

MS is also a very individualized disease, which means that different people struggle with different symptoms at various times and at different levels of intensity. Because of that, MS is often misdiagnosed.

To help you understand more, here’s a list of nine conditions that are commonly mistaken for MS (source: everydayhealth.com):


Lupus is an autoimmune inflammatory disease that affects multiple organ systems. Each patient is uniquely affected by lupus and some of its most common symptoms include rash, joint and muscle pain, kidney disorder, and neurological disorder.

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Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted through a tick bite. Early signs include fatigue, fever, headaches, and muscle and joint aches, which are also symptoms of MS.

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When a part of your brain is not getting a steady supply of blood, and consequently doesn’t get the oxygen and nutrients it needs to survive, it may result in a stroke. Stroke symptoms can range from loss of vision to loss of feeling in the limbs, difficulty walking, and difficulty speaking.

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Fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis have some similar symptoms. Headaches, joint and muscle pain, numbness and tingling of extremities, memory problems, and fatigue are a few common symptoms.

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This syndrome is also an autoimmune disorder. It may cause fatigue and musculoskeletal pain. It is more common in women than in men.

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Vasculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessels that can mimic multiple sclerosis. There is more than one type of vasculitis, but depending on the type, the condition may have symptoms such as joint pain, blurred vision, and numbness, tingling, and weakness in the limbs.

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Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory autoimmune disease. This health condition shares some symptoms with multiple sclerosis, including fatigue and decreased vision.

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This deficiency can cause MS-like symptoms such as fatigue, mental confusion, and numbness and tingling in the hands and feet.

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This is a severe inflammatory condition that attacks a person’s brain and spinal cord. Like multiple sclerosis, some of the symptoms include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, vision loss, and difficulty walking.

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