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MS is a disease surrounded by questions. From the first disturbing symptom, through to the process of confirming (or not) a diagnosis, the experience may be associated with fear, confusion and doubt.

For some people, the diagnosis can be straightforward, perhaps only requiring days or weeks. Others have a prolonged process, perhaps due to presentation of uncommon symptoms, an unclear clinical history or difficulty accessing MS clinicians or diagnostic tests, such as MRI, that today are fundamental for assuring an accurate diagnosis.

This issue of MS in Focus seeks to take a look at the issue of diagnosis, from both a personal and clinical point of view. Inside:

  • How do I know if it is MS?
  • Who gets MS?
  • Unravelling the complexities of MS
  • The course of MS and changes to expect over time
  • Living and ageing well with MS
  • Keeping yourself healthy
  • Providing support during the uncertainties of MS in Australia
  • Two personal journeys to a diagnosis: Poland and India
  • Results of the online survey about diagnosis



Published: 2012

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