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Why do doctors feel that I am imagining my symptoms?

Question Date: 8/28/2012

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In the beginning phases of multiple sclerosis, diagnostic tests, such as MRI's, may be negative but the patient may experience subjective sensory symptoms. These symptoms can include numbness, tingling, or fatigue, and will not be seen on diagnostic tests. This leads doctors to believe there is no illness or that anxiety is present. You should also know that a clinical diagnosis of MS may take years. Often a physician observes a person over a period of time before reaching a diagnosis of MS. Neurologists are generally consulted and diagnostic tests such as MRI's, evoked response potential, and others may be used to help with a diagnosis. If you are not sure you have MS, don't be afraid to ask questions and to find out more about feelings and symptoms. Do not let symptoms continue without further investigation.

Answer Date: 8/28/2012

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