August 15th, 2003
Boston Cure Project
For many people with MS, getting a diagnosis of MS can take years and may involve several wrong diagnoses along the way. In a study to understand this phenomenon, a team of Israeli researchers asked 50 people with MS about their experiences leading up to their official MS diagnosis. They found that on average these people saw 2 specialists before being referred to a neurologist, and waited 3.5 years before being diagnosed with MS. Also, more than half of the subjects, particularly those with nonspecific sensory complaints, received one or more wrong diagnoses before being told they had MS. Interestingly, gender influenced the type of misdiagnosis given -- orthopedic diagnoses were more common for men while psychological diagnoses were more common for women.
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