Originally Posted by slkrohn
I have what seems to be signs and symptoms of MS, I had an MRI and it came back clean no signs of anything. Can it still be MS? Has anyone else had this happen? I'm trying to figure out whats happening to me. I'm happy that nothing showed up but I am very confused.
Hi, I was told my first MRI was normal and that they could not see any abnormalities. I was diagnosed with ON last October and it finally disappeared in January. I have just received a copy of that MRI and the report and it shows that I had ON in both eyes, although much worse in my left eye and my vision has still not fully recovered. I had another MRI in Feb which showed abnormal signals in the PONS and white matter, but it was difficult for them to know whether this inflamation or not.
During the last 7 months I have experienced all sorts of weird things which could be something or nothing. Therein lies the problem, MS is very hard to diagnose, particularly early on. If your neuro suspects MS they will arrange a whole load of tests to rule out anything else. It's really easy to say but incredicably hard to do but you have to be patient and get all the tests done, and face the possibility that even then they might not be able to make a dx. I am not dx'd yet and I know what a struggle mentally and emotionally this is. The other way to look at it is that MS is a chronic life long condition and the longer you can live without that diagnosis the better off you are. In a strange way it is a blessing not knowing, even if it drives you crazy. An MS diagnosis affects you and your whole family so even if it takes ages to find out whats wrong, a correct diagnosis is vitally important.
I hope this helps, everybody on this board is so helpful and strong, I'm sure they can give you really excellent advice and support. Hang in there and try to stay positive.