By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a dreaded disease. About ten years into having chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), I still remember being tested for it and how thankful I was that I didn’t have it.
MS does things to people that ME/CFS doesn’t. For one thing, it kills more people and in a horrible way. According to one site, the average lifespan after an MS diagnosis is about 25 -35 years.
When people with MS die, they usually do so because they either kill themselves, or from an inability to carry out basic functions such as breathing or swallowing. Respiratory failure, pneumonia, sepsis and/or uremia are often listed as contributing causes on their death certificates. As in ME/CFS, a bedridden state increases the risk of all of these.
MS and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) are both considered to be amongst the most fatiguing of all diseases. In fact, for many with MS, fatigue is their most debilitating symptom. Alan Light’s ME/CFS/MS study suggests that people with MS may be more fatigued than people with ME/CFS, but experience much less post-exertional malaise.
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