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Old 01-11-2017, 07:51 AM   #1
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Question about my MRI

For the past month and a half my heath is horrible! arm numbness every morning, tingling in back, fatigue, urinary urgency at night. pain in my legs...

Anyway i went to the neurologist and they did an MRI. She said it showed 3 lesions but those were likely be due to aging or migraine. I am 39 years old and she said we are supposed to get one lesion per decade( strange!)

Just wanted to hear some insight and if any of you have been told this.

I still dont feel well. and I dont understand what is going on with me!! Ughhh

 
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:29 AM   #2
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Re: Question about my MRI

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Old 01-11-2017, 09:38 AM   #3
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Re: Question about my MRI

Yes, aging, migraines/headaches and other things can cause lesions and would not necessarily indicate MS.

As far as your symptoms; many things can cause the same type of symptoms as those found in MS such as other conditions, some medications, vitamin/mineral deficiencies and mental health problems. All of those other causes would need to be ruled out as part of the diagnostic criteria for MS.

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arm numbness every morning
Doe the arm numbness ever improve?

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tingling in back, fatigue, urinary urgency at night. pain in my legs...
If you have not had an x-ray and/or MRI of the spine you might consider speaking to your Dr. Back problems (bulging/herniated discs) can cause the symptoms you listed. A MRI of the spine can also detect MS lesions, if any.
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:54 AM   #4
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Thank you for your response Snoopy! I really appreciate it.

The arm tinging is usually when I wake up, sometimes is my leg. it does go away, but sometimes it comes slightly during the day.

The tingling in my back is weird too. sometimes is my scalp, I feel like its burning.

My neuro did a first exam and told me my reflexes were ok exept the one in my knee that was exacerbated and told me its hyperreflexia and that's why she ordered an MRI.

I have an MRI a year ago when because my neck was hurting and I was not told I have any lesions or bulging/herniated discs.

I will be doing a spinal MRI also. I just have a feeling I have MS and even though I want to know what's going on with me. I just feel so so scared.

 
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Old 01-11-2017, 10:08 AM   #5
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Re: Question about my MRI

The pain in your legs ---- have you tried any over the counter pain medications to see if that helps?

Try to remain calm, although it's easier said than done It is always possible you don't have MS. As I said previously many other things would need to be ruled out. Did your Neurologist do blood work? Typically a Neurologist will order blood work to rule in/out some of the other possibilities. This requires anywhere from 10 to 12+ vials of blood.
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Old 01-11-2017, 10:30 AM   #6
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Re: Question about my MRI

Thank you Snoopy!

the pain in the legs is not that bad, i guess...I hate the tingling of different parts of my body. I can't stand it!

My GP who saw me first told me my B12 was low and gave me shots of B12 and in the last blood test its now showing high. So I know that is not the problem. I also have thyroids problems but I am taking medication for that as well. everything else came back normal.

I am now feeling a pressure in my chest that I am thinking it could be an MS hug. At this point I don t even know if I am feeling all this things or its my head! I am going crazy! My husband can't hear me complain anymore. He says its all I talk about and honestly I believe this has really taken over my life.

I am a hypochondriac by nature but this is different from what I have experience before, this are actual symptoms and my MRI is showing lesions. so that's why I am extremely concerned at this point!

Thank you for your input and help!!

Also here is what my MRI was showing. I am kind of confused about it.

Impression:

Mild nonspecific white matter disease, differential diagnostic considerations include chronic microvascular ischemia, demyelineation and migraine related changes.

Findings:

A few T2 hyperintensites are seen in frontal white matter of both cerebral hemispeers. these are nonspecific. white matter structures are unremarkable. No enhancement abnormality of the brain is seen following contrast.

Anybody can help me understand this results

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Old 01-11-2017, 12:42 PM   #7
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Re: Question about my MRI

Hi solezinha,

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What you are experiencing could be due to anxiety about your symptoms and the thought of MS. The biggest fear many with anxiety have is Multiple Sclerosis.

The "MS Hug" isn't exclusive to MS. What is referred to as the "MS Hug" is actually muscle spasms of the intercostal muscles and many things can cause it. Anxiety can cause chest pressure and pain. The MS hug causes a feeling of an overly tight rubber band wrapped around.

As I explained in my first post to you, other things can cause a person's symptoms. Metal Health problems is one of those things. Mental Health problems can cause body wide physical symptoms.

The fact you are experiencing physical symptoms doesn't rule out mental health problems.

Having lesions doesn't mean it's MS. Your MRI is listing your lesions as non-specific. This means those lesions could be caused by just about anything and the reason many different possibilities are listed on the "impression" section of the MRI report.

You're Neurologist said they were age related or due to migraines/headaches which is very reasonable.

If you doubt what you are being told then you can seek a second opinion.

Your Neurologist didn't diagnose because your testing didn't indicate MS. Your Neurological exam/evaluation was normal except for a knee. If it was MS there would have been a lot more found within the Neurological exam/evaluation.

solezinha what you have written doesn't sound like MS but it does sound like physical symptoms caused by anxiety.

It might be helpful for you to see a Mental Health Professional who can prescribe medications. Many times treatment can reduce and even resolve a persons symptoms.
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For the past month and a half my heath is horrible! arm numbness every morning, tingling in back, fatigue, urinary urgency at night. pain in my legs...

Anyway i went to the neurologist and they did an MRI. She said it showed 3 lesions but those were likely be due to aging or migraine. I am 39 years old and she said we are supposed to get one lesion per decade( strange!)

Just wanted to hear some insight and if any of you have been told this.

I still dont feel well. and I dont understand what is going on with me!! Ughhh
Sorry I have never heard this before Solezinha about getting 1 lesion per decade, I have been diagnosed over 20 yrs I was 39 when my body started falling apart also so I feel for you. I pray that things will settle down for you.

 
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:37 PM   #9
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Re: Question about my MRI

solezinha,

Welcome.

Aging and migraine lesions differ in size and typical shape versus MS lesions. An MS Specialist can help decipher your lesions. Many MS mimicries can present as you have presented.

An MS Specialist can help identify or eliminate MS mimicries.

Blood tests are often the first line for eliminating or identifying known mimicries. If the blood results are negative for the mimicries, then you are more likely to be in the neurological side. I hope that you can get to the bottom of your situation.
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Old 01-12-2017, 05:30 AM   #10
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Re: Question about my MRI

Hi Solezina,
I have never heard of getting a lesion per decade. This is interesting, but if this was true, wouldn't everyone over the age of 50 have 50 lesions? That would be very concerning.

Lesions can be caused by many things; migrane headaches, prior infection, brain trauma just to name a few. Not all lesions are MS related and the size, shape and placement usually point towards what is MS related and what isnt.
Your symptoms can be caused by so many different things from a pinched nerve to vitamin deficiency...making MS very difficult to dx.
MS is diagnosed by ruling out everything else. Since you are presenting with symptoms and are concerned, please try to get a referral to a MS specialist- someone who has seen it all and worked with every patient who presents such as you described to get to the bottom of this. Only then can you be sure that you are ruling out MS (or getting a definitive diagnosis).

I hope you start feeling better soon.
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Old 01-12-2017, 09:29 AM   #11
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Thank you all for the responses. I really appreciate the time in answering my questions. Regarding the lesions. what my dr. said. and I have also read it in other posts too. that you can have one lesion per decade. so if you are 50 I guess 5 lesions would be considered within normal according to her.

I am kind of concerned, and I am not sure if this could be accurate. Not sure if mine are presenting as MS or something else.

I know that I still don't feel well and I need to find answers. Last night I felt some tremor/vibration in my chest/back area. that was so strange and I have never felt this before. so at this point I'm pretty sure I will be getting an MS diagnosis soon

Did any of you experience this type of things?

thanks again!

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Old 01-12-2017, 10:03 AM   #12
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Re: Question about my MRI

Tremors are different than vibrations. Yes, I have/had those symptoms but mine present differently than you are describing.

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Unless something changes with your Neurological evaluation/exam and/or testing you will not be diagnosed with MS. Unfortunately, no one gets diagnosed based on symptoms alone. Your clinical picture, (MRIs, testing neurological/exam) do not meet the diagnostic criteria for MS.
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