The diagnosis process

It can be hard to tell whether your symptoms might be caused by MS at first, as some of the symptoms can be quite vague or similar to other conditions. However, it's important to book an appointment with your GP if you do have any symptoms of MS.

As soon as you start to notice symptoms, make sure you write them down somewhere. It's easy to forget what symptoms you experienced and how badly they affected you once you're feeling better. Plus letting you GP know as much information as possible about the type and pattern of symptoms you've experienced will help them determine whether you might have the condition and how best to treat you.

If the GP thinks you could have MS you should be sent for some tests and also to see a neurologist for an assessment.

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Tests for MS

Diagnosing MS is complicated because no single test can positively diagnose it. Other possible causes of your symptoms may need to be ruled out first. This is unfortunately why for some people the diagnosis process is so long and complex.

As soon as you start to notice symptoms, make sure you write them down somewhere. It's easy to forget what symptoms you experienced and how badly they affected you once you're feeling better. Plus letting you GP know as much information as possible about the type and pattern of symptoms you've experienced will help them determine whether you might have the condition and how best to treat you.

If the GP thinks you could have MS you should be sent for some tests and also to see a neurologist for an assessment. Some of the tests you may be sent for include: 

Neurological examination
MRI scan

Evoked potential test

Blood tests
Lumbar puncture