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Rory26312 posted:
Hi Nickki

Sorry to meet you here but welcome.

What follows is a general post I have saved to help newcomers understand the diagnostic process. It is not complete and I am sure others will join in.


If you suspect MS as the cause of your symptoms you need to try the following.

1 Find a neuro who specializes in MS or an MS care center, try www.msneuroratings.com for patient reviews on a state by state basis.

2 Be prepared to undergo all testing the require which may include,

A MRI's of the brain and cervical spine with and without contrast to look for active and inactive liaisons.

B Possibly a lumber puncture/ spinal tap to look for proteins and O-bands in the fluid around your brain and spine.

C Evoked potential testing to check the speed of your nerve responses, any delay can indicate inflammation.

D A complete neuro workup and a review of your medical history, try to keep a journal of your symptoms and how long the last and any triggers you can think have.

After all this which can take some time, you can hope that a specialist has enough info to make a diagnosis or at least rule out MS altogether, all though there are no guarantees as we often see false negatives or inconclusive results

For now find a specialist and follow his/her advice , let us know how you are doing and know that most of us have been where you are and indeed some on here still are there.

Rory
P.S. one other thing I would recommend is an opthamoligist to check your optic nerves and see if your vision loss os due inflamation in the optic nerves
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