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How do doctors diagnose multiple sclerosis (ms)? What are the typical symptoms?
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In brief: Diagnosed by MRI.
Typically MS is diagnosed by mri, but in some patients may require a spinal tap or other specialized studies.
These tests may include optical coherence tomography (oct) or visual evoked potentials (ver or veps). Symtoms include numbness and tingling usually on one side of the body starting in the hands and toes and progressing proximally. Weakness in the same distribution. Painful visual loss.

In brief: Diagnosed by MRI.
Typically MS is diagnosed by mri, but in some patients may require a spinal tap or other specialized studies.
These tests may include optical coherence tomography (oct) or visual evoked potentials (ver or veps). Symtoms include numbness and tingling usually on one side of the body starting in the hands and toes and progressing proximally. Weakness in the same distribution. Painful visual loss.
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
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In brief: Excellent question
Subtle problems early on can be very misleading and indeed, can confuse docs.
Some common early signs include loss of vision in one eye, weakness in legs or arms, electrical shocks on flexing neck, gait imbalance or incoordination, numbness or tingling, vague persistent fatigue, even confusion or disorientation. MRI's are commonly helpful, but spinal tap may be necessary.

In brief: Excellent question
Subtle problems early on can be very misleading and indeed, can confuse docs.
Some common early signs include loss of vision in one eye, weakness in legs or arms, electrical shocks on flexing neck, gait imbalance or incoordination, numbness or tingling, vague persistent fatigue, even confusion or disorientation. MRI's are commonly helpful, but spinal tap may be necessary.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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In brief: MRI/story/exam
Ms is diagnosed with MRI brain and c-spine, history and exam. My symptoms were numbess and fatigue.

In brief: MRI/story/exam
Ms is diagnosed with MRI brain and c-spine, history and exam. My symptoms were numbess and fatigue.
Dr. William Shaffer
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