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Can a psychological problem be misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Louis Rosner
Neurology
Just as multiple sclerosis (MS) can be misdiagnosed as a psychological problem, a psychological problem can also be misdiagnosed as MS. Symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, numbness, tingling, weakness, and loss of balance can be purely "hysterical." In fact, it is not uncommon to see a patient with MS and hysterical symptoms. A patient with a definite MS diagnosis might develop significant problems that are completely psychological and unrelated to the actual disease. A basic rule, however, is never to assume that a new complaint is another manifestation of MS. A new complaint could be psychological or due to another cause.
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