There is no symptom(s) exclusive to MS and no single test, by it's self, that can give a definitive diagnosis of MS. Many conditions, vitamin/mineral deficiencies, some medications and mental health problems can all cause similar symptoms as seen in MS. Part of the diagnostic criteria for MS requires all other possible causes for a person's symptoms be ruled out.
Primary Care Physicians can order MRIs. A Primary Dr. can perform a Neurological exam and if the exam is abnormal would refer you to a Neurologist --- that's how my journey started.
Waiting for 2 or more months to see a Neurologist for the first time is not uncommon. Patience is needed. If a person has MS a few more months isn't going to make any difference.
Steroids do not prevent damage nor do steroids change the long term outcome of the disease. To prescribe high dose steroids without a cause would be irresponsible of a Dr.
Multiple Sclerosis doesn't cause body wide symptoms such as you are explaining. I would suggest working with your PCP to rule out some other possible causes while you wait to see a Neurologist.
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1985
PTSD diagnosed Feb 2004 (PTSD since age 2), Anxiety/Panic attacks secondary to PTSD.
Post Edited (Snoopy) : 5/10/2017 1:52:05 PM (GMT-6)