What will your doctor do to test for multiple sclerosis?
Your doctor will start by asking you about your medical history and your symptoms. He or she will also do a few tests to see if your brain and spinal cord are working as they should. These include:
- Imaging tests, like an MRI, to take a closer look at your brain
- Lumbar punctures, also called lspinal taps, to check the fluid that runs through your spinal column
- Electrical tests, called evoked potentials, to see if multiple sclerosis has affected your nerve pathways
- Blood tests to rule out other conditions that can look like multiple sclerosis
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