If you have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis or are going through the testing now to figure out exactly what's causing your symptoms, then you know that this process can be stressful, frustrating and long. When my wife first started the testing for her MS over 20 years ago, she felt like a lab rat. They ran test after test and everything kept coming back negative. If you're knowledgeable about how MS is diagnosed, then you know that there isn't a single test or even a battery of tests that will give a clear diagnosis. My wife had MRI's, a spinal tap, blood testing etc. and everything kept coming back negative. Even her MRI showed no spots or issues, but all of her symptoms pointed to MS.
I'm not a doctor, and this is not medical advise so please don't take it as such. What I'm writing this for is all of those individuals out there that are frustrated and stressed out because they've spent months and months trying to figure out what is causing their fatigue, numbness, tingling, pain or whatever other symptom they may have. My wife saw multiple neurologists and no one would diagnose her with MS until she went to see Dr Roy L Swank in Oregon. Dr. Swank spent years and years researching MS and he developed the Swank MS diet to combat the effects of MS. During her first visit to his clinic he immediately diagnosed her and put her on the diet. We both really wish Dr. Swank was still alive and practicing because his treatment and counsel helped us through many rough spots with my wife's health.
Here is what I have learned about the diagnosis of MS. Since there is no definitive test, the diagnosis is based on the symptoms and multiple testing that is done. In other words, MS is a collection of specific symptoms and can be very difficult to diagnosis. The other thing I learned when we ran a Naturopathic Doctor's office was natural treatment of diet, rest, supplements etc. can do amazing things for auto immune diseases like MS. Starting a healthy diet can happen today and is something that anyone can do to make their health better. Our Naturopathic Doctor really believed in the Breaking the Vicious Cycle diet for Auto Immune diseases. We were able to see the successes of this diet and used it ourselves for some time. I say all of this to say don't get depressed, frustrated and feel like you have no control because in our experience, anyone can better their health with a few simple things like diet and limiting stress in their life. My wife completely understands the desperation that can come from wanting to know what is causing her health issues, and over time we have decided to take control of what we can and not stress about what we have no control over. Take control of what you can today like diet, rest and limiting stress in your life and know that it can get better. My wife is a living testament to this.