Multiple Sclerosis: Patients struggle with misdiagnosis and ineffective treatment

12:53 26 October in Diagnosis, doctor, Health, Medicine

A national survey of more than 5,300 multiple sclerosis (MS) patients found that almost 50 percent of respondents had to make more than five office or hospital visits before receiving their diagnosis, with 42 percent of respondents stating that they were mistakenly diagnosed with other conditions including: fibromyalgia, chronic fatigues syndrome, depression and migraines.

Survey respondents listed their major symptoms of MS as:

  • Fatigue: (87 percent)
  • Memory loss/brain fog (70 percent)
  • Muscle weakness (64 percent)
  • Pain (55 percent)
  • Depression (53 percent)
  • Vision problems (30 percent)


With so many symptoms of MS, getting the proper diagnosis can be difficult due to the fact that many doctors may not be able to identify the “invisible” symptoms of MS, as well as the fact that many MS patients themselves do not realize the symptoms are related to the disease. In addition, patients often struggle to explain these symptoms to doctors.

Identifying the optimal treatment for MS can involve much trial and error, with side effects from certain treatments presenting themselves during the course of treatment and other treatment plans simply not proving effective. With all of these problems facing MS patients, many are left wondering how to ensure their diagnosis is correct and how to tell if their treatment plan is the optimal one for them.

For over 25 years, WorldCare’s medical second opinions (MSOs) have been helping those with a serious, complex, or confusing medical condition, such as MS, confirm or modify their diagnosis and identify the most efficacious treatment plan for their condition. In fact, MS is one of WorldCare’s covered conditions. A MSO from WorldCare after a MS diagnosis (or if a diagnosis of MS is suspected) will ensure that a leading team of medical specialists and sub-specialists from a top-ranked research and academic hospital of the WorldCare Consortium® has thoroughly reviewed the member’s case in order to confirm the diagnosis and provide optimal treatment plan suggestions for continued care.

For more information on WorldCare’s MSO service, or to offer WorldCare’s MSO service to your employees or policyholders, please email





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