After having some health problems for many years which have become progressivley worse over the past 18 months my GP has referred me onto a Neurologist, he says this is to rule out the possibility of MS, I have been experiencing many symptoms and they can vary in intensity during the day, the limbo I find myself in at the moment is really making me feel low and I am not sure what to expect.
The Neurologist sent me for an MRI scan of my head and neck last month and I recieved a letter to go for an appointment this week on Saturday the 24th of March for further testing at a Neurophysiology clinic, this was not discussed in my initial assessment and came unexpectedly, the letter further tells me that the Neurologist will discuss the results with me at a further date.
I have very little knowledge of MS and had not considered this before my GP brought it up, I do feel like a diagnosis would be a releif as I have very little support from family and friends as they consider my problems to be in my mind, I am finding it increasingly difficult to carry out basic daily needs and not been able to return to my regular job on ships as this is very physically demanding, due to this I have been out of work for over a year, I have run through all of my savings instead of signing on as unemployed in the hope that what is happening will improve and go away, instead it has continued to get worse.
If this is MS, how long can it take for a diagnosis, and how many tests will have to be conducted before they can say what is wrong, I have not had any results from the MRI just the next referral.
I would appreciate any information you can offer me