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    Old 05-19-2002, 01:52 PM   #1
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    Question Can someone relate? "bright spot" in MRI

    I am a little concerned and wondering if anyone recognizes these symptoms?

    About 6 mos ago, I started having these "attacks" that involved feelings of fatigue, vertigo, tremor, muscle weakness, feeling of numbness on the top of my head or outer arm.

    I had a couple of days during which I felt completely "disconnected" from anything, as if wading through a pool. A couple of times, my eyes suddenly seemed to cross and I had double vision for about 5 minutes.

    I was on Minocycline, a long-term antibiotic, at the time, so the Dr. took me off of it. Also, ordered an MRI with contrast.

    The MRI showed one small "bright spot" and the neurologist told me this is normal in people with migraines (which I have). No mass or multiple lesions.

    After going off the antibiotic, I felt better for a couple of months. No noticeable symptoms.

    I went back on the antibiotic (for acne -- nothing else worked) and began to have panic attacks (worried about "symptoms" returning). Then, one day I came home and had another attack -- all symptoms mentioned before, plus ears ringing.

    Went back off minocine, but continued to have these weird problems spasms of my lower lip and bridge of nose. My throat always felt like it was pulsing, as did my sinuses on either side of my nose. I was having a hard time breathing.

    Then, one day my upper lip was weak and slightly numb all day. A couple of days later, my left arm was weak and slightly numb all day. I dismissed the lip, thinking sinus problems. Dismissed the arm, thinking it was a result of weight lifting. One day, I did have this unreal feeling of deja vu all day, like I was remembering something but couldn't figure out what it was. I have heard this is a symptom of brain cancer.

    I am supposed to have a follow-up MRI, so now I'm considering having it early. I am SO SCARED this might be a brain tumor!!! I am only 27, and I have always been healthy until now! I have not had any nausea or seizures. The MRI had contrast and did not show a mass, so I should probably stop worrying, but I can't help it! Can anyone suggest anything?

     
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    Old 06-03-2002, 01:45 PM   #2
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    Hey, your not alone. I am also awaiting another (Third) MRI which I do not have scheduled yet. There is always so much involved with this sort of problem. I have looked everywhere for answers to satisfy me. I have the bright spot too. I on other hand have always had a problem with fatigue while growing up. It rarely bothered me to any extreme then but now that I am 30 I think I stop to pay more attention than before. I was getting recurring sinus infections the last 2-3 years and decided to see a doc to get surgery for it. I associated the fatigue with the infections since the fatigue seemed to get better after a round of antibiotics. Per my request while waiting on surgery he put me on a Quintalone antibiotic to clear up any infection before surgery. Toward the end of this antibiotic I noticed that I began to break out in a slight rash on my inner right leg. I finished the course and surgery took place in early December last year. All went well until last week of Dec. I had a terrible dizzy spell while going to bed a couple of days after Christmas. It almost put me on the floor but I sat down and then layed down in the bed to wait it out. It only lasted 30 seconds or so but it was very shaking. I was on vacation for the week so I waited to see how I did before I ran to the doc. My wife took her turn in the first week of Jan. She has been diagnosed with Vasculitis-(either Lupus or Behchets?). During the next couple of months while we were trying to find the cause of her brain swelling, I was having problems including headache, numbness of the arms and fingers (mostly the last two fingers on each hand), vertigo (dizziness), and light headedness. Then soon thereafter I began to ache in what seemed to be my nerves in the arms and later in the legs as well. It ached in different spots through out the day and never settled in any one area. It hurt all of the way up the sides of my neck into my head which seemed to be the cause of the headaches. I saw a neurologist and he put me on Zoloft because he had ruled out most other problems with several tests. This just made me sick but I stuck with it because he said it could take two to four weeks to see an improvement. I finally decided after two and a half weeks that this was not helping at all. I went to my General doc and asked him to perform a couple of tests for me because I was having a few problems also that I did not understand why they were ignoring. Finally, a stool sample showed that I had a yeast infection in my intestinal tract. One week on Diflucan and my problems seemed to be almost gone! A week later it was starting to return, so he put me on a month of Diflucan which I am almost done with. Still on the Diflucan, I am experiencing some of the aches and the dizziness again. I know it is giving some relief but it is not the answer. What I believe kicked off most of my trouble was the antibiotic dose before the surgery. This killed the good bacteria in my intestines allowing the yeast bacteria to thrive. If you are suffering from any bowel disfunction or irritation I would suggest looking directly at this since you have been on antibiotics for an extended amount of time.

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    Old 06-04-2002, 07:32 PM   #3
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    Actually, even though I've been athletic for much of the past 5 years, I too have had fatigue problems my whole life. They have always come in waves. During college, my Dr. put me on Paxil for panic attacks. That pushed the fatigue to an extreme, and one day while driving to work, I rear-ended someone because I was dozing off.. I went off the Paxil, also because it changed my personality a lot.

    It is both disheartening and helpful to hear that others face similar problems. I am sorry to hear anyone has to go through this, but glad to know I'm not alone. I'm trying very hard to get over this brain tumor fear, but it's harder than I thought.

     
    Old 06-05-2002, 07:36 PM   #4
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    I sympathize with everyone else too. As I learn things I plan to post them on this board too for everyone else to hopefully gain from.

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