Re: Initial MS Diagnosis/MRI question
I have read enough information to know that it's possible to have MS without lesions (at least at first) and I am concerned that my doctor didn't know this and won't consider the symptoms I am now having.
First of all, its not possible to get a MS diagnosis and not have lesions. If you want to know more about the criteria which MUST be present to get MS diagnosis, you should look up the revised McDonald criteria. This is what all doctors must use in order to dx MS.
Now, thats not to say that a few months from now, you wont have lesions show up on your MRI. Standard MS diagnostics require a MRI every months for up to two years before they can rule out MS entirely.
What isnt present now, could very well show up down the road....however, your symtoms mimic alot of things...MS presents like more than 300 other diseases- and ruling out all of them is how you get a concrete MS dx. Fortunately, many of them can be ruled out with simple blood work and very specific tests. So, your GP may very well be right. You need to see a MS specialist or a Neuro with alot of MS knowledge to get properly tested.
RRMS- dx 05