Friday, May 14, 2010 Frustrated!!!, Community Member, asks

Q: What kind of doctor do you need if you suspect you may have MS?

What kind of doctor should you see if you suspect you have MS? What are the symptoms? What kind of tests are run to confirm a diagnosis?

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Lisa Emrich, Health Guide
5/19/10 11:19am

Hi frustrated!!


I understand have very frustrating and scary it can be when you have unexplained symptoms and are looking for a diagnosis.  I also have MS as well as RA.


This is a post on our sister-site for MS which talks about MS and its diagnosis.  Please check out "Beginner's Guide to MS: Do I Have MS? What does it take to get diagnosed with MS?"  This should answer some of your questions.


Also, you can come ask your questions at where we have a supportive community of MS patients and folks who are not yet diagnosed.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me.  I'll try to answer the best I can.



Hope, Community Member
5/14/10 1:55pm

you need a neurologist.  He'll do a nerve study and a mri.  You could have several different symptoms.  My uncle startedout with tingling in his right hand then could not use it that whole arm correctly.  My GP told me that the bladder is the first thing to go, not being able to hold urine.  But according to my rhuemy that some biologicals can cause ms like symptoms.  MY feet and hands feel like they fall asleep at the wrong times, like when I'mtyping or driving.  I also get a numb tingleing sensation in my face.  Ms runs in my family it has been in every generation, so I can see why you would be worried if you have symptoms.  I won't go to the dr for tests I'm a big chicken.... let me know how it goes.

Lene Andersen, Health Guide
5/20/10 12:36pm

I'd recommend you check out our Multiple Sclerosis site for more information about the disease and posts on all aspects of living with it. They also have a Q&A section that will likely be more help to you than ours here on the RA site.


Good luck!

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By Frustrated!!!, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/25/10, First Published: 05/14/10