how does spinal tap diagnose MS, & can it diagnose anything else?
I am at a point where I think I WANT a spinal tap because I am so up in the air. I have more than 8 white spots on my brain and lots of MS symptoms, but the neurologist said he doesn't think the spots look like MS. So he did some blood tests to check for lyme and other things. That was all negative, so now he is doing nothing.
I need to know what is going on. Sometimes my symptoms can get scary and my list of symptoms grows almost daily. I didn't have tingling to begin with, but now it is a daily part of life. (The neurologist doesn't know about the tingling yet.) When I saw the neuro, my main symptoms were spasms, tremors, blurry vision, hearing trouble, aches and pains.
He said a spinal tap wasn't worth it right now because he doesn't think it is MS. So would a spinal tap be useful in diagnosing anything else? And how does it confirm MS? What would it show if I had MS?
Thanks for "listening"!