Tests and Diagnosis

Tests and diagnosis

It can be difficult to diagnose motor neurone disease in the early stages. There’s no single test for it and several conditions cause similar symptoms.

To help rule out other conditions, a neurologist may arrange:

  • blood tests
  • a scan of your brain and spine
  • tests to measure the electrical activity in your muscles and nerves
  • a lumbar puncture (also called a spinal tap) – when a thin needle is used to remove and test the fluid from within your spine

Information taken from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Motor-neurone-disease/

Treatment and support

There’s no cure for motor neurone disease, but treatment can help reduce the impact the symptoms have on your life. You’ll be cared for by a team of specialists and your GP.
Treatments include:

  • highly specialised clinics, typically involving a specialist nurse and occupational therapy to help make everyday tasks easier
  • physiotherapy and exercises to maintain strength and reduce stiffness
  • advice from a speech and language therapist or dietitian about diet and eating
  • a medicine called riluzole that can slightly slow down the progression of the condition
  • medicines to relieve muscle stiffness and help make swallowing easier
  • emotional support for you and your carer