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Can a test show the difference between multiple sclerosis (MS) and strokes?

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It may not be easy. A test called an MRI may be able to show the difference pretty clearly, but that doesn't help when you're at home with a numb arm or blurred vision and wondering what to do. If you have any doubts, call 911 right away.

SOURCES:

National Stroke Association: "What Is Stroke?" "Signs and Symptoms of Stroke."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Definition of MS," "Multiple Sclerosis FAQs," "MS Symptoms," "Vision Problems."

MS Society: "Symptoms of MS are mistaken for other conditions, survey reveals."

The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers: "CMSC INforMS: Multiple sclerosis vs. stroke, differences in symptoms, causes, and treatments."

Multiple Sclerosis Trust: "Relapse."

Mayo Clinic: "Stroke."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 18, 2017

SOURCES:

National Stroke Association: "What Is Stroke?" "Signs and Symptoms of Stroke."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Definition of MS," "Multiple Sclerosis FAQs," "MS Symptoms," "Vision Problems."

MS Society: "Symptoms of MS are mistaken for other conditions, survey reveals."

The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers: "CMSC INforMS: Multiple sclerosis vs. stroke, differences in symptoms, causes, and treatments."

Multiple Sclerosis Trust: "Relapse."

Mayo Clinic: "Stroke."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 18, 2017

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