Beginner's Guide to Multiple Sclerosis
"My fingers are numb, should I go see a doctor?" All too frequently, this is the beginning of the journey for a patient with multiple sclerosis. Setting the ball in motion is the first step, but after that, what else should a new (or concerned) patient know about MS?
What does it take to get diagnosed with MS?
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MS falls under the jurisdiction of a neurologist: is a medical doctor or osteopath who has trained in the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders, including those of the brain, nerves and muscles. The doctor can perform a CAT scan, MRI, lumbar puncture (spinal tap), EEG or EMG/NCV test on the patient to diagnose MS. Doctors will also look at symptoms and may perform a variety of physical tests and evaluations to help with diagnosis. For more information, see When to See a Doctor.