Question: Can MS be mistaken for ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (also known as Lou Gehrigs disease) often is mistaken for multiple sclerosis (MS). In fact, they share similar symptoms and features, such as scarring around the nerves (sclerosis), causing muscle spasms, difficulty in walking, and fatigue.

Is MS similar to ALS?

Both MS and ALS are disabling. ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrigs disease) and MS (multiple sclerosis) are not the same disease. They sometimes are confused because they have some similarities. However, they have more differences than similarities.

Can you have ALS and MS at the same time?

The concurrence of multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is exceedingly rare and the pathological features have not been examined extensively. Here we describe the key pathological features of a 40 year old man with pathologically confirmed concurrent MS and ALS.

What diseases have the same symptoms as ALS?

Most people with the disease live for 3 to 5 years after their symptoms start, yet some people can live for 10 years or longer.Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS) PLS is similar to ALS, but it affects only upper motor neurons. Progressive Bulbar Palsy (PBP) Pseudobulbar Palsy. Progressive Muscular Atrophy.Nov 20, 2020

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