I was under the impression that MS was like pregnancy, either you are or you aren't.....you either have it or you don't.
If only it was that simple.…!
In your research have you ever read that it's possible to have a single MS attack and not have MS?
The simple answer is yes but like with anything MS related the answers are never simple or clear.
I was diagnosed with MS 22 years ago and have in the last few months had my diagnosis overturned. It was explained to me that you can have an MS episode or possibly even two with no visible lesions or scaring remaining. This is not likely to be the case for anyone having two or more episodes.
However, you can continue to have all the symptoms without lesions being visibly present...It's also possible that the 'attack' is not MS at all but a one off mimic.
Its also important to remember that lesions can be caused by things other than MS and its also my personal belief that MS has not one but many causes. In the past year I've come across a growing number of people who have had a long standing diagnosis of MS and recently had it overturned so I'm for obvious reasons intrigued with the subject of 'how does anyone know if they have MS or not.'
It's not a subject many want to discuss and I can understand why as its hard enough to cope with having a diagnosis and dealing with the illness without adding the doubts on top. Yet considering how different Neurologists use different criteria for making a diagnosis how can anyone be sure their diagnosis is correct. I cant help but wonder how many people have a confirmed diagnosis that don't have MS and how many don't have a diagnosis that do......
I'm not looking to give false hope or to muddy already murky waters here but the fact that people are being wrongly diagnosed is a fact and is always worth bearing in mind.… On the other hand although my own diagnosis has been overturned, my neurologist wont say categorically that I don't have MS ...... it would seem answers are elusive whichever way you turn.....
Hope this does'nt confuse the issue even more!
ps apologies Bromley for going off topic!!