Re: recent MRI findings--possible myelitis at site of herniation
thank you for remembering me, and also for your reply. i appreciate your insight and thoughtfulness very much, and i am sorry to learn that on top of your spinal cord issues, you are also dealing with autoimmune disease(s). my rheumatologist thought i had hashimoto's at first, too, but that got ruled out by blood work.
as you observed, i am really and truly confused about all of this, and became even more so after an appointment with my rheumatologist on tuesday. i went in for a follow up since she's had me on plaquenil for the past 6 weeks for the inflammation of the small vessels in my eyes and wanted to check in, plus i had also told her about my recent c-spine MRI findings showing the spinal cord inflammation. she talked to me about MS and suggested seeing a specialist at our local university medical center, and then she asked to look at the CD of the images that i had. she came back into the exam room a few minutes later with a very perplexed look on her face and said that although she is certainly not a neurologist, she doesn't believe that what's going on in my spinal cord is MS and that it's a better idea for me to see another general neurologist.
i have an appointment with a new neurologist at the university medical center in 3.5 weeks and will hopefully get some clarification then.
thanks again for taking the time to respond. i will let you know what happens.