Posted 2/1/2007 10:21 AM (GMT -6)
i think i have ms i am waiting on my mri scan which is in 2 weeks can anyone tell me the classic ms symptoms and what everyone elses symptoms where before you got diagnosed thanks
This is from the book, "Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions, The Answers", edited by Rosalind C. Kalb, Ph.D.:
"The diagnosis (of MS) is a clinical one, made on the basis of a person's medical history, an assessment of the symptoms experienced and reported by the person, and the existence of signs detected by the physician (but not necessarily noticed by the person) during the neurological examination. Both symptoms and signs are necessary because symptoms are subjective complaints that can vary tremendously from one individual to another, while signs are more measurable, objective observations. Examples of symptoms that are commonly reported by people with MS include problems with vision, walking, bladder control, fatiuge, and uncomfortable sensations such as numbness or "pins and needles" Common signs that can be detected by the doctor during a physical examination, even if the person has never noticed or been troubled by these changes, include altered eye movements and abnormal responses of the pupils, subtle changes in speech patterns, altered reflex responses, impaired coordination, sensory disturbances, and evidence of spasticity and/or weakness in the limbs.
In order to make a definite diagnosis of MS, the physican must find the following:
*plaques or lesions in at least two distinct ares of the CNS white matter;
*evidence that the plaques have occurred at different points in time; and, perhaps most importantly,
*that these plaques in the white matter have no other reasonable explanation.
In other words, MS is a diagnosis that can be made only after every other possible explanation of the signs and symptoms has been ruled out."
I was diagnosed long before MRI's existed, based on clinical signs -- problems with walking, bladder control, abnormal reflexes, impaired coordination, among other things. And the diagnosis was confirmed by a spinal tap -- which isn't always done these days, if there are clear signs on an MRI.
I hope this is helpful.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....