Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
You will be asked about your symptoms and past health. An exam will also be done. It can be hard to find out if you have multiple sclerosis (MS). The health problems from it are like ones found with other illnesses. There is no test for MS. But the results of some tests can lead to finding out whether you have MS or not.
You may have:
Other tests may be done to rule out other health problems that look like MS.
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Accessed September 26, 2018.
Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD
Last Updated 9/26/2018
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