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Diagnosis

MS is complex and can cause many different symptoms, so it's not easy to diagnose. 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. A range of other possible causes need to be explored and many different tests need to be carried out.

What should I do if I think I have MS?

Most people who experience unexplained symptoms won't have MS. However, if you're concerned that you may 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.
Get answers to your first questions
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From support groups to information events, there's lots of ways to connect with people who understand what life's like with MS.

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