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How do I know if someone has multiple sclerosis?

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In brief: Might be difficult

In a friend who is being treated and controlled with potent meds, you might think they look completely normal.
If undiagnosed, they might display inordinate fatigue, get confused with poor memory, have bad balance, trouble with visual loss, weakness in legs, etc. This is a complex area for most physicians, and an ms specialty focused neurologist is critical.

In brief: Might be difficult

In a friend who is being treated and controlled with potent meds, you might think they look completely normal.
If undiagnosed, they might display inordinate fatigue, get confused with poor memory, have bad balance, trouble with visual loss, weakness in legs, etc. This is a complex area for most physicians, and an ms specialty focused neurologist is critical.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Paul Gilson
Neurology

In brief: Diagnosis of MS

Ms is a clinical DX supported by MRI brain and spine imaging as well as spinal fliud analysis.
The hallmark in DX this condition is neurological sympotms and signs that have developed over time and space. The most imporant step is a good history followed by a complete neurological examination, then neuroimaging.

In brief: Diagnosis of MS

Ms is a clinical DX supported by MRI brain and spine imaging as well as spinal fliud analysis.
The hallmark in DX this condition is neurological sympotms and signs that have developed over time and space. The most imporant step is a good history followed by a complete neurological examination, then neuroimaging.
Dr. Paul Gilson
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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology

In brief: Can be tricky

Multiple sclerosis is a very difficult disease to diagnose, because the symptoms can be so variable from person to person.
Classically, it presents as discrete attacks of symptoms (vision loss, weakness, numbness, etc) that each wane over a few weeks. Definitive diagnosis can be made by a neurologist, usually with a combination of physical exam, lumbar puncture, and mri.

In brief: Can be tricky

Multiple sclerosis is a very difficult disease to diagnose, because the symptoms can be so variable from person to person.
Classically, it presents as discrete attacks of symptoms (vision loss, weakness, numbness, etc) that each wane over a few weeks. Definitive diagnosis can be made by a neurologist, usually with a combination of physical exam, lumbar puncture, and mri.
Dr. Julian Bragg
Dr. Julian Bragg
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