Testing for multiple sclerosis? What tests did you receive while you were being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis?

Tests for multiple sclerosis
Tests for multiple sclerosis

There are quite a number of different tests available to help with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

The aim of this blog post is to spark a discussion where by our readers can share their experiences with these various tests.  Please use the comments box below to share your thoughts.  It would be great if you have any tips about these tests, eg a lumbar puncture, if you could add them below.

In the meantime we would love it if you could take the poll below to list the tests you were given.

Many thanks in advance


8 comments
emmarichards
emmarichards

Last year i had my first MRI of the brain and it showed, lesions all over. I also had an LP, which showed a very high found of antibodies in the fluid. I also had a EEG, which showed i had got, ill slow active brain waves. I had a second MRI done back in Jan this year, which showed i had progressed with even more lesions on my brain. I am very grateful that you have allowed us to tick, more than one box.

ShareeLewis
ShareeLewis

Lumbar punctures/spinal tap...Both times I have had them (even when I stayed flat on my back for 10 hours) I have ended up leaking spinal fluid. It was bad enough the 2nd time that I did go in for the blood patch, which hurt like hell and wasn't successful. If you end up leaking spinal fluid, mine healed on its own in about 5 days. I know that most never have complications, if you do, don't get the blood patch unless you are feeling no better on day 6. And get as much caffeine as you can. Excedrine migraine helps a little.

GrammyApril
GrammyApril

Thank you for allowing us to choose more than one option. I think you'll have better results now.

GrammyApril
GrammyApril

I was given many tests before I was given my dx. I think  if you allowed us to check more of the boxes you'd get a more accurate response. Because (to my knowledge) you can't be diagnosed by only one thing listed...If you decide to change the poll so we can select more than one answer - Id be happy to return. Thank you

LauraKidmanSeaver
LauraKidmanSeaver

I did not answer the  poll because you can only click one box.  The results will be invalid because the poll does not accurately portray the tests being done. I was diagnosed after having blood work ruling out other issues, a neurological exam including taking history, an MRI AND a lumbar puncture.   If people are being "diagnosed" with only one of these, I would find that extremely concerning.

GrammyApril
GrammyApril

@LauraKidmanSeaver I felt the same way. I was given many tests before I was given my dx. I think  if you allowed us to check more of the boxes you'd get a more accurate response. Because (to my knowledge) you can't be diagnosed by only one thing listed...If you decide to change the poll so we can select more than one answer - Id be happy to return. Thank you

nshoney432
nshoney432

ive had m.s. for 6 years now. i am taking water therapy and land therapy and i love the water.some days are good and some are not . i do the best that i can . strongly urge those to do therapy it helps . thanks 

JessicaFlores1
JessicaFlores1

Hi can you.explain.what water therapy and land therapy is?