I have been dealing with mounting symptoms of MS for what is now my THIRD year. I have been to some of the most renound clinics in the US, with various Doctors playing guesswork with my life. One says, MAYBE, or I THINK, or it ...COULD BE...MS...the others, simply do not know. [...]
2 years ago, I showed 5 [lesions]. HOW do you find out, what do you do....when it seems EVERY road, is the wrong one, and there is just no answer in sight? I have an acquaintance who is now in a wheelchair, as they guessed her right into the major level of MS. WHAT DO I DO? I have a nursing background, therefore, I know what to ask the Doctors, but I do not think they know, what to answer to me.
The criteria for an MS dx are not very complicated, and they are very specific (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonald_criteria
). If your sx and MRIs haven't met the criteria the docs shouldn't call it MS.
Many diagnoses (including mine) are delayed by a lack of evidence proving the 'multiple' part of MS. In your case (one apparent relapse, 5 lesions, no evidence of dissemination in time or space), the 2010 revision makes it pretty clear that if your next MRI shows new lesions the docs will finally call it MS (assuming other causes for your sx have already been eliminated).
Best of luck,