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How can I know if I have multiple sclerosis?

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It’s easy to mistake another issue for multiple sclerosis, which affects less than 1% of Americans.

How can you tell if what you’re feeling is caused by MS or something else? First, keep in mind that most people have the first signs of the disease between the ages of 20 and 40. You can also keep track of your problems: MS symptoms tend to come and go or get worse over time.

It helps to know what else can explain some of the signs you might be feeling.

From: Could I Have MS? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on September 9, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 9/9/2017

SOURCES:

Britt Stone, MD, neurologist, Baylor Scott & White Health, Round Rock, Texas.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “What is MS?” “Fatigue,” “Vision problems,” “Speech problems,” “Pain.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “NINDS Multiple Sclerosis Information Page,” “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Multiple sclerosis: Q&A,” “Avoiding dehydration, proper hydration,” “Dizziness,” “Aging and Your Eyes,” “Acute vs. chronic pain.”

American Diabetes Association: “Peripheral Neuropathy.”

National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Disease: “Hypoglycemia.”

CDC: “Postural hypotension: What it is and how to manage it.”

Nahin, R. , August 2015. The Journal of Pain

Reviewed by Neil Lava on September 9, 2017

SOURCES:

Britt Stone, MD, neurologist, Baylor Scott & White Health, Round Rock, Texas.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “What is MS?” “Fatigue,” “Vision problems,” “Speech problems,” “Pain.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “NINDS Multiple Sclerosis Information Page,” “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Multiple sclerosis: Q&A,” “Avoiding dehydration, proper hydration,” “Dizziness,” “Aging and Your Eyes,” “Acute vs. chronic pain.”

American Diabetes Association: “Peripheral Neuropathy.”

National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Disease: “Hypoglycemia.”

CDC: “Postural hypotension: What it is and how to manage it.”

Nahin, R. , August 2015. The Journal of Pain

Reviewed by Neil Lava on September 9, 2017

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