Multiple SclerosisMS Diagnosis

Let's Talk About Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Diagnosis

Diagnosing MS takes some work—multiple exams, lots of blood work, MRIs, and more. It's a journey for sure.

    Our Pro PanelMS Diagnosis

    We went to some of the nation's top MS experts to bring you the most scientific and up-to-date information possible.

    Meghan Beier, Ph.D.

    Meghan Beier, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Clinical Neuropsychologist

    Johns Hopkins Medicine Multiple Sclerosis Center
    Bruce Cohen, M.D.

    Bruce Cohen, M.D.Chief of MS/Neuroimmunology, Department of Neurology

    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
    Neeta Garg, M.D.

    Neeta Garg, M.D.Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology

    University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

    Frequently Asked QuestionsMS Diagnosis

    Is there one test to detect MS?

    No, there is no one test to detect multiple sclerosis. Instead, doctors use a variety of methods, including MRIs, spinal taps, and blood tests, and first must rule out other diseases before arriving at an MS diagnosis.

    What are some early signs of MS?

    Early warning symptoms of MS include vision problems (especially temporary blurriness or blindness in one eye), walking difficulty due to weakness in the legs, dizziness, and fatigue.

    What is the average age of MS diagnosis?

    Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. Keep in mind that MS may have been present and developing for months or even years before you get an official diagnosis.

    What is an MS lesion?

    A lesion is the evidence left behind by the inflammation and autoimmune attacks on the central nervous system (CNS) that characterize MS. Lesions can be seen on MRIs, and they often lead to an MS diagnosis.

    Patrick Sullivan

    Patrick Sullivan


    Patrick Sullivan is a freelance content writer and copywriter for healthcare providers, publications and brands.