I’m new to the forum and have been reading lots of posts over the last month or so. I was hoping some of you might be able to offer some advice. I’ve been having symptoms over the last couple of months…started off with shooting pains in big toes, then burning pain across top part of my back, this moved to cold feelings down my legs, slightly wobbly legs at times and now the burning is in my lower back and left side of my body. I’m also very tired but that is probably heightened by working and having 2 small kids! Saw GP, had bloods done and got referred to a neurologist. Luckily I have got private healthcare through work so it’s all happened faster than expected which I’m so grateful for. I’ve had an MRI scan which has shown a small white patch in the brain and also a larger one in the cervical spine. Neurologist has taken more bloods to check immune system and has prescribed some meds for pain (amitriptyline) but I’ve not started them yet. He said MS still remains on the differential for a possible diagnoses. He said that I could go for a lumbar puncture and VEP test or wait 6 months for another MRI. How do they diagnose MS? Would the lumbar puncture confirm it or do you have to wait for an MRI to look for more lesions anyway? I know that lots of people are stuck in limbo for a while so that’s quite common. Can anyone offer any advice on this stage?
Thanks for your help!