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MS is a complex condition, and is not easy to diagnose. Diagnosing MS can take several months, as there are other conditions with similar symptoms that will first need to be ruled out. It is also difficult to pinpoint because the early signs and symptoms can be different for everyone.

There is no single test which can positively diagnose MS, meaning multiple tests need to be carried out and other possible causes need to be investigated before a definite diagnosis can be made.

If you have unexplained symptoms similar to those of MS and are concerned that you may have the condition, you should contact your GP. 

Tests for MS

If you are referred to a neurologist, there is range of tests that will be used to diagnose MS.

A neurologist will first ask you questions about symptoms and past health problems to understand your medical history.


First Questions

If you have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis you may be struggling with your diagnosis or wondering how you can adapt to life with MS.


Before a Diagnosis

Talking about your experience with a professional or with others who are dealing with the same issues can be a real help before a diagnosis is made. It can be a confusing and difficult time, but there are others going through similar experiences to you, and there are healthcare professionals who can help you to understand the process and answer any questions you may have.