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Nearly 20 yrs...Is M.S. generally difficult to diagnose?

I recently had an MRI scan on both my brain and spine, and a few weeks later I was told by a neurologist that I probably have M.S., and that I may have had it for quite a while, as it is believed that it may have caused my enlarged prostate problem, for which I have since had an operation (T.U.R.P., no cancer), and also it may have caused optic nerve damage in my left eye back in 1996.
So, that is nearly twenty years.
I am going to an M.S. clinic for the first time in a few weeks.
As far as I am aware, presently I am only having serious problems with my legs, the muscles appear weak, hot a lot of the time, especially when I lay down at night, and I am generally unsteady on my feet these past few months.
I was never unsteady on my feet until this year, although I was beginning to have slight problems with walking from 2008 onwards.
I also have rather severe Candida Albicans, a yeast infection, which I have had before, and I am wondering whether I could have that instead of M.S., as symptoms are similar, although it is likely that I have both.
Is M.S. generally difficult to diagnose, and is muscle weakness a common symptom of it?
Sincerely,
Steven
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replied October 10th, 2013
Thank you for consulting our forum.
Unfortunately, based on available information it is possible that you do have MS. Diagnosis of MS is based on symptoms, findings on examination, MRIs of the brain and spinal cord, and sometimes a spinal tap. MS center is the best place to go to for further evaluation. By Andre Strizhak


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replied October 25th, 2013
i can also tell you that there is many neurological disease that the symptoms mimic multiple sclerosis. i was dgx with m.s. 8-9 years ago.............only felt better the first 1 or 2 years of being on interferon.......stopped it after 6-7 years.......now dgx with lyme disease.
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