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It can be a challenge for doctors to diagnose multiple sclerosis (MS). There’s no one test that can definitely show if someone has it. And there are many conditions with symptoms that can seem like MS.
But a neurologist who specializes in treating the disease should be able to look into how you’re feeling and help you figure out if your symptoms mean you have MS or another problem.
Getting a Diagnosis
Your doctor will start by asking you about your medical history and your symptoms. She’ll also do a few tests to see if your brain and spinal cord are working as they should. These include:
Imaging tests, like an MRI, to take a closer look at your brain
Spinal taps, also called lumbar punctures, to check the fluid that runs through your spinal column
Electrical tests, called evoked potentials, to see if MS has affected your nerve pathways