I’ve been diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS), losing weight can it be Lyme Disease?

MS multiple sclerosis or Lyme disease

Hello doctor, I’ve been diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS), I make 2 MRI’s brain and spinal cord and found lesions both of them..since august I’ve been diagnosed I’ve noticed some strange things happened to me..first of all I’ve lost weight, more than 15 pounds in a year, second I’ve noticed a light face atrophy in the left side, arm and legs weakness and tremors..is it normal..does multiple sclerosis affect the weight I am taking Tecfidera for ten months Age:38 Male

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Ayman Darrag
4:38 pm

Well tecfidera can cause loss of appetite ,if you experienced so then it is normal to suffer weight loss, while MS is commonly causing weight gain but in few cases muscle mass loss can occur if you have GI problems or absorption disorder , exercising and activity and proper diet can help you avoid this..

Ahmed Fawzy
4:51 pm

Tecfidera is the main cause of weight lose, if you want confirm if it is MS or not then you should do a spinal tap
Good Luck

Ahmed Fawzy
4:51 pm

Also Tecfidera Can cause lyme disease like symptoms

Dr.Honey Arora
8:04 am

Hi.. Thanks for the query.. Well Tecfidera that is Dimethyl Fumarate and is most commonly advised drug for relapsing multiple sclerosis.. Loss of weight is seen in a pretty good number of individuals who take this drug.. You should consult your physician and get evaluated.. Many a times dose titration can help.. Hope this helps.. Please provide the following details for further guidance: 1.How many meals do you take in a day? 2.Do you observe lack of interest in eating or appetite loss? 3.Is there any indigestion problem or frequent episodes of diarrhoea or constipation? 4.Do you have any other… Read more »

Dr.Honey Arora
11:09 am

I would also like to see the MRI reports and also the dose of Tecfidera.
Can you please also tell that at what dose you started taking Tecfidera and what dose you are taking recently..

Masr Fawzy
11:11 am

Tecfidera mostly cause weight loss

But not in a unilateral mannar , there is something else causing you this , May be the decrease in the usage of this side due to your condition

.I recommend you to be reassessed again