How Do You Diagnose ALS?
There isn’t one test that doctors can use to determine if a person has ALS. Instead, doctors need to perform a series of tests to eliminate other similar neurological diseases and to arrive at an ALS diagnosis. The process can be slow, taking an average of 12 to 14 months in the U.S.
The patient will be told that they have suspected, possible or probable ALS which will depend on the parts of the body affected. It’s only as the disease progresses that doctors will know more. There are, however, four primary tests doctors use to assess a patient’s physical symptoms and rule out other neurological disorders. Read more about them here.
Did doctors run any of these tests are part of diagnosing you with ALS? How long did it take to get your diagnosis?
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