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    Old 11-30-2007, 07:07 PM   #1
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    Old 11-30-2007, 09:18 PM   #2
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    Re: What Diseases Can Mimic Multiple Sclerosis

    Your question is open ended. Depending on your own unique body, fibromyalgia, lupus, Chronic Fatigue, ........ There are too many. A neurologist specializing in MS will run you through a gauntlet of tests. These tests will eliminate everything except MS. That is, when everything is eliminated and no causes are known, MS is often the diagnosis.

    The most important thing is that you relax and read available information in order to make informed decisions. The first step is your neurologist. Your local MS Association or Society can assist you in locating a neurologist who might be able to assist you. Your local university hospital will likely have a MS Clinic.

     
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    Hi Nightowl, I dont know if you have been DXd, but being you're close to me, there are several excellent MS Centers here in Pittsburgh.
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    Re: What Diseases Can Mimic Multiple Sclerosis

    Also depends on your sx. Without knowing what they are, it's hard to even answer that question.

    IMHO, the first step should always be to speak to your primary care physician if you have a good one. If it's determined that something neurological is going on (and if so, what the suspicions are) the next step might be to go to a regular neurologist in lieu of directly to an MS specialist. There's a good chance that an MS specialist would only help to rule in or rule out MS but not give you an idea of what else might be going on so if it's NOT MS, you might find yourself right back at the start, and possibly having had to wait months for an appointment.

    The dx process for MS at least initially begins with excluding other things and begins with blood work. (There are no specific markers for MS by blood tests.) It's just too vague without having more info. -- in addition to the conditions MSJayhawk referenced, there are lots of other things -- HIV, Lyme, B12 deficiency, etc.

     
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