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Diagnosing multiple sclerosis isn't easy. It's a complex condition with many different symptoms. Tests for MS could include blood tests and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). But if you think you might have MS, the first thing to do is talk to your GP.

It's hard to pinpoint exactly when MS begins, and the early signs and symptoms are different for everyone. It is not uncommon for a diagnosis to take several months, and frustratingly it can take even longer. Your health team will need to explore other possible causes for your symptoms and carry out many different tests.

What should I do if I think I have MS?

Most people who have unexplained symptoms won't have MS. But if you're worried you might have MS, your GP should be your first port of call.

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Tests for MS

Find out about the tests neurologists use to diagnose MS, including neurological examination, MRI and lumbar puncture.
Find out about tests for MS
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Before a diagnosis

MS is complex, and not easy to diagnose. Find out who you can talk to and how to get support while you're going through a diagnosis.
Read about the journey to a diagnosis
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First questions

If you've just been diagnosed, you probably have lots of questions. Get answers to some of the most common questions and find out how you can start to take control.
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