how does the dr test for ms?

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   Posted 12/29/2013 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
hi all,

I wanted to go in for an appt to test for ms

but what i read on internet, is they do a spinal tap

i am not doing that

are there other ways to test

i have lyme disease

but something else

i am loosing muscle control of my bladder and all

having accidents,

i drop things all the time

and i have trouble wiht balance


prayers to u all who are suffering

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   Posted 12/29/2013 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Typical tests for MS are spinal tap, brain and spine MRI, evoked potentials, a thorough neurological exam (reflex, balance, responses) and lots of blood work.

If you have been diagnosed with Lyme disease then you probably won't be diagnosed with MS. MS is a diagnosis of exclusion. Your current symptoms can be explained by Lyme disease.

I hope your current Lyme treatment finds you feeling better soon. Best of luck to you.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

I have no lesions on my soul and so I live with no limits.

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   Posted 1/2/2014 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there - happy new years to all.
DX for MS....mmmm
Well it can be a series of progressions, when after several progressions have accumilated - it is usually confirmed by medical procedures like spinal tap, MRI, etc.
When I say progressions, I mean events that have taken place over a period of time to point in the direction of MS.  Now I know that everyone is different, making the events enter into the progression at different stages, but it is pretty common for one to be bothered by the following (I am listing the order to which the progression hit me):
  • unexplained fatigue
  • vision problems (optic neuritis)
  • stiffness, soreness, spasticity in various muscles (shoulders, neck, legs, etc)
  • Tingling in the fingers hands arms legs feet
  • L'Hermitte's sign (shock feeling from your neck to your toes when u bend your head forward)



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