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Does a neurologist diagnose MS?

Does a neurologist diagnose MS?

There is no single diagnostic test that is proof-positive for multiple sclerosis. Since diagnosing MS can be very difficult, it must be done by a neurologist who specializes in treating MS.

Can you have MS with a clear MRI?

MS can be present even with a normal MRI and spinal fluid test although it’s uncommon to have a completely normal MRI. Sometimes the MRI of the brain may be normal, but the MRI of the spinal cord may be abnormal and consistent with MS, so this also needs to be considered.

Will a neurologist do an MRI?

Your neurologist will ask all about your health history. You will also have a physical exam to test your coordination, reflexes, sight, strength, mental state, and sensation. The neurologist may order other tests such as: MRI: This test uses magnetic fields and radio waves to take pictures of your inner brain.

How does a MRI tell if you have multiple sclerosis?

This is because not all lesions in the CNS are due to MS, and not all people with MS have visible lesions. MRI with contrast dye can indicate MS disease activity by showing a pattern consistent with inflammation of active demyelinating lesions.

What to look for in a neurologist for MS?

Significant symptoms may include: A neurologist will listen to your concerns, take your medical history, and order several tests, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Together, these findings will help make a diagnosis. Seeing a specialist will help give you the answers you need.

How is a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis made?

A proper MS diagnosis can only be made after obtaining imaging from the entire brain and understanding the clinical context. The accurate diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) typically presents several challenges: There is no definitive test for the disease, and symptoms vary widely between patients.

What should be ruled out before a diagnosis of MS?

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society lists two dozen common and rare conditions that should be ruled out before making a diagnosis of MS. These include: Vitamin deficiency, such as B12, which is crucial for red blood cell formation and neurological function. “Too little B12 can cause the brain to look similar to multiple sclerosis.

Is it possible to diagnose multiple sclerosis before MRI?

This can make it especially difficult to exclude other potential diagnoses before MS can be diagnosed.

A proper MS diagnosis can only be made after obtaining imaging from the entire brain and understanding the clinical context. The accurate diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) typically presents several challenges: There is no definitive test for the disease, and symptoms vary widely between patients.

When to see a specialist for multiple sclerosis?

Maybe your symptoms led you there, or maybe it was the result of a magnetic resonance imaging brain scan. But that doesn’t mean you actually have MS, the progressive autoimmune disease that damages the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Many people are sent to specialists when symptoms appear to indicate multiple sclerosis.

What to do if you think you have MS?

If you feel you have symptoms of MS, or if your primary care doctor suggests that you do, try to reserve judgment until you can talk to a neurologist. The actual diagnosis may be something else. [See: 10 Lessons From Empowered Patients .]