Multiple Sclerosis, commonly referred to as MS, is probably one of the most difficult diagnosis to make. There are no typical symptoms to look for, and there is no single blood test or imaging test which will confirm the diagnosis.
Once MS is considered as a possible diagnosis, you will then be put thru various diagnostic tests to exclude other possibilities, as well as to try to find support for a diagnosis of MS.
The diagnostic phase can take numerous weeks to complete.
Many times, the work up is inconclusive. In such cases, we will clinically follow the patient and repeat some diagnostic studies in 6 or 12 months to look for any changes or disease progression.
Once a diagnosis is confirmed, we will then discuss treatment options to control the illness.