There is no single test for MS. Remember, there are over 400 disease possibilities. It is like a giant buffet. Everything must be tried and the end result will be MS if nothing on the buffet fits! Though it may be difficult, you are, with each test, stepping closer to a diagnosis. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) here in the states, studies showing that the presence or absence of ANAs in patients with MS is not really very significant. If your doctor is counting on one test alone to diagnose you, RUN! The best MS doctors will run the revised McDonald Criteria.
MS diagnosed since October 3, 1982
MS onset circa 1977
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Thank you both for the replies. I thought that an ANA test was not a fair indication of MS or any auto-immune disease, but I do then however wonder what the point of this test is? i know it is only generally used to indicate whether something is going on or not, and requires further investigation if it is positive. Unfortunately my Doctor has the attitude that if it's negative, there is nothing wrong with you! which is not terribly helpful. I seem to be having rather bad luck with doctors, I hope I find a decent one soon.