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A 39-year-old female asked:

I've had all the symptoms of ms for about 6 years off and on, the past 6 months they're getting worse, what's my best course of action for a diagnosis?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 39 years experience
Neurologic Consult: You need to see a neurologist who can assist you through the diagnostic regimen. Since there are other diseases that can mimic ms, and some may have similar imaging appearance as ms, a neurologist should help decipher any questions. If you have waited 6 years, i would not put this off. Early treatment with newer agents can have a positive effect on long term prognosis.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Do the following: Your symptoms may or may not be consistent with MS, and could be due to another issue. First, have your primary care physician assess and refer you to a neurologist, who can evaluate your problems, and obtain appropriate diagnostic studies to confirm your correct diagnosis. An MRI may be helpful, but other testing might be added.
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
MS Dx- how to make: The best way to make a diagnosis of MS is to be interviewed and examined by a neurologist, then undergo tests of MRI and spinal tap, if needed. It is hard to do this on telemedicine. In general, to see how the diagnosis of MS is made, try this informational web link http://www.neurocuro.com/how-do-you-know-if-you-have-ms/

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