Originally Posted by tkrik
It does take some time to get a diagnosis of MS as well as other conditions. I would ask for an MRI with and without contrast. Additionally, I would ask for an MRI of the cervical spine as well as throacic spine. While lesions are sometimes difficult to detect in that area, if you are in a flare they more than likely will show up.
A journal of symptoms is a good idea and will certainly help in the diagnosing process.
The tingling in your feet sounds like some sort of neuropathy. Be sure to discuss that with the neuro when you see him in March.
It just annoys me no end when a GP orders an MRI without contrast. It's almost like they're deliberately slowing the process down.
Like Trisha said, an MRI with and without contrast is needed. Cervical and thorasic spine, too. It will take longer but you might as well get it all done while you're already in an uncomfortable position.
It's a process of elimination to get to an MS diagnosis but it's well worth the time and effort spent. If it's not MS you might very well find out what it is while eliminating other conditions. Just hang in there. You aren't crazy.