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Old 03-13-2006, 02:57 AM   #1
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Can a blood test detect MS

My husband was admitted into hospital last Tuesday after having a bout of dizzy spells followed by gastritis followed by the dizzy spells again.

He's also had blurred vision - not much - it just takes him a while to focus - at first we put this down to him just starting his own graphic design business up and spending too long on the computer - also we thought he may need glasses as he has never had his eyes tested.

He's also got a slightly numb mouth - more on his right side and is a little unsteady on his feet - he tends to veer off to the right.

He's had blood tests and other balance tests, you know the ones, touch your nose, follow my finger, run your left heel down your right shin etc etc.

He's done all these perfectly, his blood tests have come back fine too.

He's had an MRI scan - which we are awaiting the results on.

The doctors and neurologists have said that they are guessing it is an inner ear infection.

Can blood tests show MS - apparently they have all come back fine.

We're both really concerned. Andy advice or help would be appreciated.

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Old 03-13-2006, 05:47 AM   #2
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Re: Can a blood test detect MS

A blood test can not detect MS... but it would rule out other possible diseases that mimick MS. The MRI would be a key component in an MS diagnosis, and then also a lumbar puncture (or spinal tap) to test the fluid running around the spinal cord and brain. An inner ear infection could cause the balance issues your husband seems to be experiencing, but it's not the only option.

Good luck to you.

Old 03-13-2006, 06:38 AM   #3
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Re: Can a blood test detect MS

Thank you for that. I was really really worried about him being diagnose (which hasn't happened), but since coming on here, I've realised that it doesn't seem as bad as you would think.

We will await the results tomorrow / wednesday.

He has passed all the other tests with flying colours - does that mean he will be OK.

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MS is the dx you get after everything else is ruled out so sometimes passing all those other tests is not a great thing.

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