Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a prevalent disease in the U.S., affecting nearly 1 million people — much higher than previously thought. Meanwhile, lupus is another prominent disease that has been in the spotlight in recent years due to some high-profile cases, though it affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans according to Lupus.org.
Both of these diseases share some symptoms and are both considered autoimmune diseases, meaning your body’s immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues. But there are some distinct differences and different treatments that separate the two, which we’ll look further into…
What Are the Symptoms of Lupus?
This disease can have a wide range of signs, some of which overlap with MS. However, in general, those with lupus will experience symptoms such as pain (in joints and muscles), extreme fatigue, hair loss, and cognitive issues, as explained by Lupus.org.
However, the source notes that while these symptoms can impact day-to-day functioning, there are some other possible complications including cardiovascular disease, strokes, and “disfiguring rashes.” Some people with lupus may not have any visible symptoms, the source adds.