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Old 07-11-2005, 03:42 PM   #1
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Diagnose Time Frame

Can you give me an idea on how long it to get dianosed with MS?

Thanks - Grace

 
Old 07-11-2005, 04:12 PM   #2
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Re: Diagnose Time Frame

Hi Grace,
That varies a lot from person to person. For my daughter it was almost instantaneous because she had so many lesions and attacks in a short period of time. For others it is not so obvious. They may have symptoms, but no supporting evidence on MRI or from a lumbar puncture. Sometimes it takes a while for the diagnostic tests to finally pick something up. Unfortunately, some people go for years in Limboland with either a 'possible' or 'probable' diagnosis. Some people don't even get it that nailed down for a while.

Sorry there's not a better answer for you. I'm sure this isn't what you wanted to hear.

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Old 07-11-2005, 04:16 PM   #3
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Grace, it depends on, well, just about everything about your situation! Symptoms, history, availability and (sometimes) attitudes of medical professionals. Heard of one person who had a dx in 2 days - but her symptoms were so acute I certainly wouldn't wish them on anyone!
Because it tends to be a process of elimination it can take a while. Are you asking for you or someone else?

 
Old 07-11-2005, 05:37 PM   #4
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Asking for me - I was dx'd in about 30 minutes! I had 3 MRI's, bloodwork spinal tap, blah blah blah all in 48 hours. I am lucky as my doc is a friend and
I thank god daily that I can call him at anytime and anywhere and get into see him within 24 hours.

I just hear all these horror stories of it taking forever and lots of terrible stories about doc's.

Grace

 
Old 07-11-2005, 05:47 PM   #5
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Hi Grace...wow! You ARE blessed to have a doc who can help you anytime!! It took months (10) to get a grip on what "might" be ailing me, then about 4 weeks from probably to definite MS because they did the testing just before Christmas...then everyone went on vacation, so I had to wait.

 
Old 07-11-2005, 06:02 PM   #6
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Blessed - yes I thank God everyday for him! If I don't feel good and I don't check in - he calls! So I know I read all those terrible stories about Doc's but their are good ones out there.

Thanks for answering - this is all pretty new!

 
Old 07-11-2005, 06:19 PM   #7
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Here I was trying to set your expectations so you wouldn't be disappointed!!! You may have a record time! I'm glad you have such a good friend/doctor, in my church that would be "shouting news"!

 
Old 07-12-2005, 06:39 AM   #8
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My 1st symptoms were in 1985, before MRIs came into use. Spinal tap was done, but it took FIVE YEARS before i was conclusively diagnosed. It was 5 years of living with fear and dread and uncertainty.

Today, MRIs i think can diagnose quickly and efficiently. Thank God for all the advances in area of MS

 
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