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Association offers MS diagnosis assistance

For people suspected of having multiple sclerosis, the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America has a new program that will help them receive a proper and accurate diagnosis of the neurological disorder.

Through the MS Diagnostic Fund, MSAA will pay for a magnetic resonance imaging exam for uninsured and poor people who qualify under program guidelines.

Attacks of multiple sclerosis often produces scars or lesions on the brain and central nervous system.

The MRI exam is a widely used diagnostic tool that allows evidence of such lesions to be seen in detail. The test results, combined with the description of symptoms such as blurry vision, numbness and decreased mobility, often allow neurologists to confirm the existence of MS.

Application forms are available by calling (800) 833-4672. The forms must be completed and submitted by the applicant's neurologist. The program also provides peer counseling, support group information, research, a newsletter and referrals through the toll-free number.

MSAA is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The Multiple Sclerosis Association is a national non-profit patient services organization and it is not affiliated with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Submit information for Health Notes in writing to Suzanne Hayes, Pasco Times, 37837 Meridian Ave., Suite 214, Dade City, FL 33525. Items must reach the Dade City bureau at least five days before the event is scheduled.