I'm sorry to hear you are having to go through this. This is a wonderful forum full of very supportive people so you have come to the right place to ask your questions...
My first symptom was fatigue, but the first thing that got me to the doctor was my leg going numb. My diagnosis was very straightforward (although for many it is not, and can be a very lengthy process). My family history of MS, my symptoms and MRI were enough for my diagnosis as I had many lesions on my brain and spine in the typical places for MS. They usually will also do a spinal tap to help with a diagnosis.
Can I ask what your symptoms are? I really don't know much about Lupus and how it compares with MS... others here may though.
I am so sorry you are going through all this. It can be a very scary process. My first symptom was vertigo that over a span of about 3 weeks became severe enough to require hospitalization. I could only walk if I held onto walls. I, like Shar, was blessed to be diagnosed quickly. I had white matter lesions of the brain, oligoclonal bands in my cerebral spinal fluid and failed evoked potentials test (abnormal vision, normal hearing, abnormal somatosensory). I had nothing else show up in blood or spinal fluid that could account for the symtoms.
For some it is a quick diagnosis and for others it takes a long time. It depends on what doctors can rule in and rule out. Many end up in "limbo" when the doctors can't see definitive results in testing. Then it becomes a watch and wait situation.
Hang in there. This is a wonderful place of support and information. Good luck.
Love and prayers,
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