For those of us who have been through the process, getting a multiple scerlosis diagnosis is no easy process. While there is no definitive test out there to officially diagnose MS, most neurologists use neurological exams, MRI scans, sometimes a spinal tap and your medical history to discover if you meet the criteria for MS. Many doctors will also run several different blood tests to rule out other possible causes for the symptoms being felt.
After all that, you then still need to meet the criteria for a MS diagnosis. That means, your neurologist needs to see at least two separate areas of damage in the brain, spinal cord and/or optic nerves. That said damage, needs to have occurred at least one month apart and all other possibilities have been ruled out. All of this testing is quite a process, and can sometimes take months to years before a doctor can officially determine a MS diagnoses.
But what if a simple blood test could help in the diagnoses process?
A group of researchers from Michigan State University may have found that blood test. While their sample size was small and further research needs to be done before the test can be clinically utilized, their results have been promising.
According Multiple Sclerosis News Today, The study had 200 partakers, split into three groups; participants with MS, participants with other neurological conditions, and a healthy group. Each patient had blood samples collected. The researchers then added C-peptide; a molecule produced by the pancreas, to the blood and looked to see how much would fasten to the red blood cells.
The results showed that more C-peptide would adhere to the red blood cells of the 86 MS patients than it did to the other two groups. The test also correctly identified 98.3% of the MS patients, and had an 89.5% chance of ruling out the disease.
What do you think about this? Would you have the test? Even if you’ve already been diagnosed?
Vanessa is a 28 year old living in Massachusetts with her husband and 7 year old Puggle, named Rocky. She currently works in an elementary school and as a fitness instructor and health/fitness coach. She was diagnosed in April of 2014 with relapse-remitting MS and is currently taking Tecfidera. She enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, reading, and traveling.
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