Cytokines patterns supported both Th1 and Th2 cytokine profiles in CFS and MS. Similarities in the cytokine profiles of MS and CFS, combined with the already acknowledged similarities in immune cell function and symptoms, suggests a neuroimmune pathology for CFS with parallels to that of MS.
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Why, when my disability comes up in conversation with someone new, I start with the comment "I have something very similar to MS" -- they really are very similar and MS is something they can get their heads around. Many times, the conversation ends there.
If they ask for more information, level 2 is "a neurological disease combined with poor immune function." Again, many times this is all the information necessary.
If they continue to probe, "CFS, which is known in the rest of the world as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis", and a brief explanation of WHY the US insists on calling it CFS.