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Have I got ms????

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Hi there's something not right with me, it's been building for months now, iv had many symptoms but this tingling prickling and numbness is stopping me sleeping now, need some advise please, don't know what to do?? 

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Hi @Totley  and welcome. That question is frequently asked of us, usually as a result of some amateur diagnostics by Dr Google.


Dr Google is a bit too enthusiastic in providing a diagnosis on limited clinical evidence and must be taken with a pinch of salt. what I am saying in that MS is a notoriously difficult condition to diagnose. Symptoms of MS also present in various other conditions, from a simple vitamin deficiency all the way through to quite serious conditions.


In the first instance, your symptoms need to be assessed by your GP, as your Primary Care Provider. It would be a useful if you could previously prepare a short list of these symptoms, with date and duration. This may be useful for your GP.  If your GP feels that there may be a possibility of MS, or other neurological-type problem, they should refer you onto a Neurologist.


The Neurologist is the only medical professional that can determine whether it is MS or not. This process will take a physical examination, various blood tests and an MRI Scan, for starters. It really is a case of eliminating the possibles, then investigating the probables.


So, not something that can be decided quickly.


Hope this helps.





John aka Stumbler (as I do fall over!)

Illegitimi non carborundum


"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming... "Wow! What a ride!"

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14 hours ago, Stumbler said:

Symptoms of MS also present in various other conditions, from a simple vitamin deficiency all the way through to quite serious conditions.

Following on from Stumbler's comment above, you can find links about these various other conditions, in case it helps, in our Resources section here:



(belated DX in June '05, SPMS)

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Diarise symptoms.  Dates, what's happening, and how long.  Then you can give a list to your GP and they can then send it to a neurologist.  Mine's on his second list from me but hey, you get there in the end.  Good luck.  

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