A recent study conducted by Health Union was released to the public. Titled, “MS in America 2017,” it is the fifth year for the survey. In it, readers find out that MS patients across the country struggle to be diagnosed properly and, when diagnosed, fight for effective treatments.
The survey was of 5,300 patients and conducted between January 25 and March 1 of this year. Nearly half of those patients that responded to the survey reported having to make more than five separate visits to a medical professional before being accurately diagnosed.
Just over 40 percent of those patients responding said that they had initially been diagnosed with another condition. Those conditions included migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Once diagnosed, patients typically begin treatment within three months. Unfortunately, the process of treatment can be trial and error.