Category MS Diagnosis and Symptoms

ABC’s of Multiple Sclerosis

A – awareness.
There is still a huge lack of understanding by the general public about MS. We are not contagious, we didn’t do something to cause MS in our lives, there is no known cure and it’s not all in our head…well actually it is. Our brain MRIs prove that.

B – brain lesions.
That’s just a fancy way of saying that our brain has wounds inside. Some of them heal well while others leave a nasty scar that disrupts the nerves used to make our body work. That’s the reason we do the things we do…most of the time. Some times it’s just who we are and has nothing to do with our brain.

C – cramps and spasms.
Our muscles tighten up causing us great discomfort and pain. Any muscle can be affected from those controlling our tongue to our ribs to our big toe...

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MS Diagnosis and Symptoms

MS diagnosis is usually based on the occurrence of known MS symptoms that are indicators thereof, as well as imaging data of the brain. This is not a straight forward process. So far none of all the diagnosis methods are 100% conclusive. MS diagnosis is usually conducted by a neurologist through a variety of tests. They include:

Neurological Examination

Carried out only by neurologists, this test examines how well the central nervous system of a person works. It includes examining the occurrence of any changes of the visual, auditory, sensory and speech functions. Reflexes at the elbows, knees and ankles as well as the soles of one’s feet are also tested to establish if there is any alternative disorder.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scan (MRI scan)

MRI scan is very useful in MS diagnosis as ...

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