Have I got MS? And why is it taking so long to find out?

The early stages of MS - and finding out if, indeed, you do have MS - can be a worrying time. The process of diagnosis can take months, and in some cases even years. This period of 'not quite knowing' is often referred to as 'limboland'.

In this factsheet we look at the early symptoms of MS and hope to answer some of the common questions that you might have at this time.

The contents include:

  • Why does a diagnosis take so long?
  • What are the early symptoms of MS?
  • Who should you see to get a diagnosis?
  • How is MS diagnosed?
  • What types of MS are there?
  • What can I do?

We also touch on workplace rights and look at some real life case studies.

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