Please! Where do I even start?
It sounds to me like there’s very likely a health problem here, but more of a mental health problem.
I cannot say, by the way, that she definitely doesn’t have MS. That part might just conceivably be true (I walk fast and don’t use a stick - doesn’t mean I’m fibbing - just that I’ve been fairly lucky…so far). So you can’t prove or disprove her story just by looking at her, or what she can or can’t do.
Put at its simplest, MS is a type of electrical fault. The insulation on the nerves breaks down, which causes loss or corruption of nerve signals. But that’s where any connection between the disease and problems with electrical equipment begins and ends.
Having an electrical fault (MS) inside you does NOT mean you cause interference with electrical equipment, or that it interferes with you. It is not possible for someone with MS to damage an electrical device, simply because we have MS.
The only way that could happen is by dropping it - because we have reduced strength - or tripping over the damn thing, because we have b*ggered balance and coordination. We don’t radiate damaging electrical interference. Can you imagine, if anyone shaking hands with us, let alone getting…erm…friendlier - would get an electric shock?
Utter nonsense, and doesn’t happen.
MS is not usually associated with psychosis, but it’s just possible this person has MS AND psychotic symptoms (which may or may not be related), and genuinely believes these things. From time to time, on these boards, we do see people with some very strange beliefs concerning their MS - it doesn’t always mean they’re lying. They may be genuine, but confused.
I think, either way, she is to be pitied. It’s very sad if someone feels driven to make up such bizarre stories, to gain sympathy, or attention. But equally sad if they genuinely believe these things, and cannot tell the difference between truth and delusion.
I don’t know what to think. She might be ill, just not with MS, or not only with MS. She certainly has some irrational beliefs, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not her real beliefs.
I don’t think you can help a person like that. I’m not saying people with mental health issues should be shunned, but I don’t think you can have a sensible or constructive debate with someone who’s either delusional, or a pathological liar (might amount to the same thing, as the trouble with pathological liars is they seem able to believe their own lies!)
If you confront her about it, she’s not going to say: “You’re right, I made it all up!” She’s clearly prepared to add lies to try to explain the lies.
There could be obvious reasons a person like this isn’t employable - even if they don’t have MS. There seems to be something the matter. Claiming to be ill is one thing - and people may have understandable motives for doing it. But claiming bizarre symptoms that couldn’t really happen seems to take things a step further, and may be an indication they have delusional thoughts.
Surely someone who was “just” faking would check out the basic facts, and try to make their story fit as accurately as possible? Why would they deliberately make up symptoms that can’t happen, which is such a huge giveaway? Could it be some kind of game, to see how much you will swallow?
Either way, I wouldn’t let it eat you up with anger on your friend’s behalf. This other lady clearly has problems of her own, even if she doesn’t have MS. It’s not normal, is it?