I want to thank all of you for being so supportive and helpful with this struggle I am having trying to find out if I have MS or not.
My tests are coming up and I was wondering if anyone has had these before and what they mean? Will these tests tell me that I have MS or do I have to do more testing? If anyone has had these done before and wants to share I would really appreciate it.
Today I felt that crashing fatigue so I went out and got a double espresso mocha at Starbucks. I also cried a little today because I'm so frustrated. I want my old brain back
MS is a diagnosis of "exclusion". Meaning, the doctors want to rule out
everything else but
MS. These tests will look at brain waves from your brain to body parts, and see whether the flow is "normal" or "abnormal", and if "abnormal", what might be the cause.
Generally what happens is that the doctors run all these tests, then sit down and compare all the results with what they know about you -- the clinical signs they've been able to determine in their testing, and the symptoms that you report (like numbness, tingling, whatever)...and if there is no other possible cause, then they'll likely diagnose MS.
As for "getting your old brain back"....if you DO have MS>..that's not likely, unfortunately. So long as MS is not cureable, and only treatable, you'll have to learn, over time, how to function with a brain that doesn't work quite properly. It takes time -- I'm still working on it after 25 years...but it's possible.