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How is multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosed?

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It can be hard to diagnose MS, since its symptoms can be the same as many other nerve disorders. If your doctor thinks you have it, they’ll want you to see a neurologist. The doctor will ask you about your medical history and check you for key signs of nerve damage in your brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “NINDS Multiple Sclerosis Information Page”

MS Coalition: “Emerging Therapies Collaborative”

MS International Federation: “Complementary and Alternative Therapies”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on June 29, 2020

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “NINDS Multiple Sclerosis Information Page”

MS Coalition: “Emerging Therapies Collaborative”

MS International Federation: “Complementary and Alternative Therapies”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on June 29, 2020

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