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Your doctor will look for signs of neurological problems. These include:

  • Decrease in the sharpness (acuity) of your vision

  • Your eyes not working in a coordinated way

  • Difficulty walking

  • Difficulty coordinating body movements

  • Muscle weakness on one side or in one part of your body

  • Trembling hands

  • Loss of sensation

To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor probably will order a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. The MRI will check for inflammation and myelin sheath destruction in your brain and spinal cord.

Other possible diagnostic tests include:

  • A detailed eye examination by an ophthalmologist.

  • Special tests called evoked potentials. These tests record electrical activity in the brain.

  • Lumbar puncture (spinal tap) to obtain spinal fluid. Spinal fluid may show abnormal types of proteins called immunoglobulins. This is a characteristic finding in MS.

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