not yet diagnosed
I am going for my appointment with the neuro on August 4. Not yet diagnosed but did have MRI that stated "small white matter changes with demyelination". I do have a lot of the symptoms of MS. Three years ago I had a problem with hearing in my right ear, nothing major though. I had a auditory exam and found out that I had slight hearing loss in my ear. Now, these past 4-5 years I have had this fullness in my ear that I could have sworn was an ear infection. I was constantly being treated for Eustachian tube disease. My ENT these past few months sent me for allergy testing, hearing testing, MRI to find out what was going on with my ear. I did the auditory test again and it showed a bit more hearing loss, nothing major. I was checked for Meniere's disease also which was negative. He was tending to think it was allergies that was causing the ear fullness. When he sent me for the MRI to find out if there was anything going in in there with my ear, it came back with the above findings. He said that he still thought that the fullness in my ear was allergic related. Possibly I need tubes in my ears. I told him I didn't want to do anything until I found out if I had MS or not. He said that he has seen a lot of people come back with my MRI findings and that it could be normal. Now, does this make sense to anyone out there? If my MRI was normal, wouldn't it be normal? Would it show small white matter changes with demyelination? Does anyone know what "small white matter changes" means? Does anyone know if this hearing loss could be related to MS? I was diagnosed with optic neuritis in April of '97 and I know that this for the most part is the beginnings of MS. Any input would be appreciated.