The earlier that testing is done, the more steps can be taken to prevent rapid progression of Multiple Sclerosis and accumulation of disabling factors. The McDonald criteria used in testing for MS include a spinal fluid evaluation, MRI scanning for tracking lesions in the central nervous system over time. Disorders that mimic MS are: Lyme, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, AIDS, Lupus and other autoimmune conditions. Blood tests may be conducted to rule out other disorders. Multiple Sclerosis severity is measured using the Expanded Disability Status Scale.
Credit: Thinkstock While I’m sitting on the exam table with my legs dangling, the neurologist reaches for a metal object. He’s already poked me several times with the safety pin so I’m wondering what he plans to do with this larger pointy thing. He grasps my foot and scraps the object on the bottom of my foot along the…