Many patients report that the multiple sclerosis diagnosis came while doctors were searching for a different disease.
I was sifting through a few bits of paperwork the other day and came across the radiologist’s reading of my first MRI. Along with the notes I remember so well, “possible non-Hodgkin lymphoma or multiple sclerosis,” was a side note stating that I had an acute infection of my left maxillary sinus (the one behind my left upper jawbone).
Knowing what I know now, I suspect this infection contributed to the MS symptom flare that led me down the path to diagnosis in the first place.
In my case, I believe the doctors knew they were looking at a case of multiple sclerosis from the moment they began the exam.
But I have heard from a number of people who say their MS diagnosis came as a surprise and something of an accident.
Looking for One Thing, Finding Another
For example, some people have reported having suffered some form of head trauma — from a car accident or a fall, for instance — and being diagnosed with MS on the basis of tests done to check for internal damage. They may or may not have experienced what they now know of as MS symptoms before this incident.
In the case of rare or unusual MS symptoms, doctors may be looking for something completely different and stumble across lesions that have them doing a diagnostic turn and looking for corroborating signs of multiple sclerosis.
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