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While many of the symptoms of MS and PML are similar, there are also important differences...

Posted Jan 19 2011 12:00am

From Julie Stachowiak, Ph.D. ,
your Guide to Multiple Sclerosis

As I mentioned last week, some of the symptoms of MS and PML (progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy) overlap, which could lead to a delayed diagnosis of PML. However, there are differences in the "typical" course of PML and an MS relapse, in terms of type of symptom and severity. If you are taking Tysabri, keep this list handy for reference.

This week, I am also asking for a little help from those of you who use wheelchairs and scooters. Regardless of how long you have been using your device, I bet most of you can remember some of the more intense emotional and physical challenges that you faced at the beginning. There are people that are facing those challenges right now as they consider making the move to a wheelchair or scooter - a couple of words of wisdom, encouragement or empathy could work wonders in many people's lives. Take care of yourselves, my friends.


Balance problems? Fatigue? Weakness? These symptoms probably sound all too familiar to anyone living with multiple sclerosis (MS), as these are just a couple of the many MS symptoms that we live with. However, they are also some of the symptoms of PML - progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy - the dangerous brain infection that is associated with use of Tysabri.


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