A member asked:

Anxiety & multiple sclerosis sure do have the same symptoms.how do you tell the difference? doc won't test for ms,even though twitching & eye problem.

3 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Dan Fisher answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Can be tricky in some cases, but usually anxiety has "extra" symptoms and signs which are unlikely to be caused by MS. Also signs of anxiety may be fleeting. Eye twitching alone is not likely to be MS. I do not know what your eye symptoms are, but a dilated eye exam can rule out involvement of the optic nerve which is a key finding for MS.

Answered Feb 24, 2018



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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

There is a world of difference between anxiety problems and multiple sclerosis. Your generic description of "twitching and eye problem" would not cause me to consider MS. If you need confirmation of your diagnosis, could see a psychiatrist to evaluate anxiety or a neurologist to assess your symptoms.

Answered Mar 1, 2018



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