MS Diagnosis

People with MS-like symptoms are often diagnosed by a neurologist, a type of doctor who specializes in treating the brain and nervous system. Different tests are used to diagnose MS, including: 

  • Blood tests to rule out other diseases with similar symptoms
  • Physical tests of balance, muscle coordination, vision, and other functions
  • An MRI imaging test to look for signs of lesions (damaged tissue) on the brain
  • An analysis of the fluid that cushions your brain and spinal cord
  • Tests to measure electrical activity in your nervous system

 For information on MS treatments, visit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Treating MS section.

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