Is a lumbar puncture needed to diagnose ms?

Not usually. These days, MRI films are typically sufficient but LP may be used if diagnosis is unclear.
Yes. The test is one of many used to diagnose ms. Even mris of the brain are not specific enough. The diagnosis is a compellation of tests including the lp, x-rays, and clinical presentation.
Sometimes. In many cases, the history, examination, and radiological findings are enough to make a diagnosis of ms. In more borderline cases, however, a lumbar puncture can provide a definitive diagnosis. This is very important, as you do not want to put someone on a potentially toxic medication for a disease they might not have!

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What tests besides lumbar puncture can be used to diagnose ms?

MRI. An MRI of brain with and without contrast can be very diagnostic, but often MRI of neck added in ambiguous cases. The lumbar puncture certainly can be confirmatory, especially with elevated oligoclonal bands, but often is not necessary if other studies are convincing. We very rarely use evoked potentials these days, but might also assist in some cases. Read more...

What tests besides lumbar puncture can be used to diagnose ms?

MRI. An MRI of brain with and without contrast can be very diagnostic, but often MRI of neck added in ambiguous cases. The lumbar puncture certainly can be confirmatory, especially with elevated oligoclonal bands, but often is not necessary if other studies are convincing. We very rarely use evoked potentials these days, but might also assist in some cases. Read more...

Which other tests besides lumbar puncture can be used to diagnose ms?

MRI . An MRI of brain with and without contrast can be very diagnostic, but often MRI of neck added in ambiguous cases. The lumbar puncture certainly can be confirmatory, especially with elevated oligoclonal bands, but often is not necessary if other studies are convincing. We very rarely use evoked potentials these days, but might also assist in some cases. Read more...

Lumbar puncture ruled out ms. Already had l-5/l-4 bulg disks. Can procedure inflame discs worse? Much worse pain since procedure last yr

Transient. THE LP procedure may cause, if any, a short, transient inflammatory reaction that would dissipate and improve in a few days to a week, etc. Anti-inflammatory medications would relieve any inflammation caused by the procedure as well. You as the pt would know though if your pain is worse, so be sure to get ongoing evals by your back specialist. Best wishes. Read more...

Just diagnosed with ms. Being admitted today. What is going to happen? I feel horrible. It's two days later. Just had a lumbar puncture to confirm

Med.to feel better. In hospital you will likely receive intravenous medication to bring your disorder under control and then you will be started on a medication you can take either as a pill or shot or both to keep your disorder from worsening and to make you feel better. You may get physical and occupational therapy to help you with strengthening. In hospital your doctors can closely monitor your progress. Read more...
So sorry. MS has all ranges of severity. Hopefully yours is mild. Follow your specialist's instructions. All the best. Read more...
Multiple Sclerosis. is a fairly complex syndrome, and presents in a variety of ways on a spectrum. You have a road ahead of you - a very individualized one - at that. The good news is that you are just starting your journey, so your treatment options have yet to be tested. You are going to have up days & down days when you just feel so tired and need rest. Listen to your body - no one understands it better than you. Read more...

I am getting a lumbar puncture in a month to test for ms. What should I expect during and the next few days after it?

Could get headache. It's not unusual to get a post-LP headache, which can feel pretty strong and heavy. It's related to the volume of fluid removed, and is treatable. Not a guarantee, but that could happen. Most people tolerate them just fine. Good luck with everything. Read more...