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How Is multiple sclerosis diagnosed?

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Making the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) isn't easy because the symptoms are vague and often fleeting. Factors that a health professional considers are:

  • Two or more isolated episodes of symptoms that could be caused by MS. The episodes must last at least 24 hours and occur a month apart.

  • MRI test showing the areas of demyelination (lesions).

There are other tests that a health professional may perform.

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How do I get the doctor to do a MRI? My insurance won't authorized it. They did it for the cancer but they had no choice at that time. I am in constant pain and nothing is working and I feel like I am crying wolf sometimes because these doctors see me as trying to get disability and not worrying about the pain. I have told them of the symptoms you listed and it as if they heard part of my symptoms and chalked it up to chronic pain syndrome. What can I do?

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