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MtPockets

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Most Neurologists will also do a complete blood work up checking for any unusual blood chemistry such as heavy metal poisoning, a spinal tap, MRI, and as a last resort a muscle Biopsy to check for nerve damage to the tissue.

If anyone else has more information about the various tests please add them to this thread, so we can have one thread that covers all of the possible tests for the people who are new to the forum.

There is no single test at this time that will tell you that you definitely have ALS or one of the associated MND's. Basically they determine it by ruling out all other possible diseases that you could have. This is one reason why it takes so long sometimes to get a diagnosis.

I would recommend that if you suspect you may have ALS/PLS/MND of any kind to go to the nearest ALS clinic near you where the Doctors diagnose and treat ALS on a routine basis. They are much better qualified to give you a more accurate answer.

One site where you can locate the nearest ALS Clinic near you can be found at: http://www.alsa.org/ This is the ALS Association.

Another site that may help is the MDA site at: http://www.als-mda.org/clinics/alsserv.html

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I just want to say one thing about the nerve conduction tests. My left arm was so useless I could not sqeeze the neurologists hand and had weakness from the shoulder down, I could not keep my strength during the neurological exam, I also have sensory symptoms, my ncs were 100 percent normal, so for muscle weakness they do not always show.
 
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