I had my saw my neurologist yesterday. She asked a ton of questions, both of me and my husband, and did some of the craziest little tests. Like pricking me all over with a safety pin (it was scary to see how varied it felt in different areas...I could barely feel it in some places on my right side), having me walk on my tip toes and then on the my heels (which I could do), walking heel to toe in a straight line (which I couldn't), and stand with my feet together and then closing my eyes (I immediately started swaying and she had to grab onto me to keep me from falling). At one point I asked her if there was a hidden camera in the room!
She also did the normal strength tests like having me squeeze her fingers with both hands at the same time, pushing and pulling on my arms and legs while I pushed or pulled in the opposite direction. She also tested my reflexes and my ability to feel cold. I noticed that they were limited on my right side. Is this normal for MS?
She said that if she had to make a diagnosis that day, she would say MS but, of course, it isn't that easy. So...tests. And lots of them. I have to be at the hospital on Monday, February 21st at 7:30 a.m. to start and it will be an all day affair. This is what they will be doing:
SSER (both arms and legs)
MRI - Angiogram
MRI - Brain
MRI - Brain w/Gadolinium
MRI - Spinal Cord - Survey (Complete)
I don't know what half of this means.
I know that the MRI's will be done both with and without contrast. Has anyone else had these tests run? What are they all for? Any explanations would be very much appreciated!