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Distinct Differences

Posted on April 15, 2019

Multiple sclerosis and lupus can look the same – they have similar symptoms at times, both involve the immune system, and both tend to develop in women more than men. But, while they are indeed similar, they are two separate conditions with some pretty distinct characteristics. Learn about these differences and how Park Avenue Stem Cell may be able to help those living with either condition.

What Is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a condition that develops when the body attacks the myelin sheath, the protective covering of the spinal cord. When this sheath becomes damaged, the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord become damaged and communication between the brain and body is impacted.

What Is Lupus?

Like MS, lupus is an autoimmune condition. With this condition, the body sees the skin, joints, nervous system and organs as foreign invaders and attacks them. The immune system attack can cause issues with the body’s many systems, including the blood, brain, heart and lungs.

Lupus is often difficult to diagnose because its effects look like those of other ailments – including MS. The most recognizable sign of lupus is a distinctive facial rash, known as the butterfly rash, that looks like butterfly wings unfolded across both cheeks.

Both MS and lupus are known to cause fevers and body aches, and these and other symptoms respective to each condition can come and go over time, a situation known as flares. Both MS and lupus worsen over time.

The Symptoms of MS

In addition to headaches and flares, MS sufferers also frequently experience:

  • Unexplained numbness and tingling, often in the limbs
  • Distorted vision, such as blurred or double vision
  • Dizziness
  • Balance issues
  • Difficulty moving
  • Weak muscles 
  • Weakness in the limbs

The Symptoms of Lupus

As we mentioned, people living with lupus experience headaches and flares like those who are living with MS. Other lupus symptoms include:

  • Rashes
  • Painful and swollen joints 
  • Hair loss
  • Personality changes
  • Increased risk of seizures
  • Increased risk of stroke

The two conditions also share other symptoms, including fatigue, muscle stiffness and memory loss.

Are you showing signs of lupus or MS? Find out for sure with a visit to your doctor for a checkup and treatment plan. While these diseases currently have no cure, personal cell therapy may help you live more comfortably. Find out how by calling Park Avenue Stem Cell today at 917-746-7908.

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