I am hopeing someone could help me. A recent MRI of my thoracic spine showed a meningioma at vertebrae T-5. My doctor did not seemed to concerned about this finding. I would like to know if anyone has had this and what the treatment is. Estella
What you have is considered a tumor. I have had a meningioma on my brain for approximately 7-8 years. It is about the size of a nickel. I'm not in the medical field and cannot give you advice, however, having had this for a while, I'll be happy to give you the information I received. Your doctor isn't concerned at the moment probably because it is small. Two things things you need to understand with these tumors. #1-If they grow, they will grow rapidly and you'll probably have to have it surgically removed if that's possible if it begins to cause problems. #2- Many times these tumors never grow and never cause any problems. When I first discovered mine, (which showed up on an MRI when I was tested for cancer) and sent to the specialist, I was upset tremendously because he was extremely rude and said I had nothing to worry about. Turns out he was right.
If I were you, I'd just make sure that I have it rechecked at periodical check ups. I had mine checked in a year after discovery and now about every 5 years to see if it's growing or not. My guess is, if your dr. isn't worried about it, you shouldn't be right now. But it is important to keep it checked. I hope this helps a little. ;~)
I took the MRI image and the MRI report to my neurosergeon, and he said he did not even see the meningioma on the images. He said he looked at my T5 , actually my whole thoracic spine, and didnt see what the mri report was stateing was supposed to be there. I asked him how could this be? Was the radiologist or whoever read the images wrong? The neurosergeon said ,,,,it sometimes happen that there is an error, BUT I should have the MRI of my thoracic spine repeated in a year or two to make sure, but he didn't see it. The physician's assistant , who was in the room with me before the neurosergeon came in, looked at my images with me and pointed to something around my T5 disc and said,, "this could be what the report is talking about" but the good thing is it lays opposite from your spine and discs. Then 10 minutes later the neurosergeon came in and said he looked at the images and didn't see anything, and believes there was an error in the radiology report. BUT to check in a year or so. SO I left the office still worried and confused about that. I wish i could get the MRI repeated sooner than a year , that seems like a long time to wait. Estella