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.
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?
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.
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.