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Old 10-07-2007, 10:34 AM   #1
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Unhappy Reasons I HOPE am getting my MRI/Brain scan

I believe that my Neurosurgeon who referred me to the Neurologist are both concerned for a long list of reasons

I have great difficulty with being able to swallow food, liquid, pills and even my own Sylvia...feels like it gets jammed up in my throat ..or has even gone up or come out my of nose.... painful and embarrassing ! (done a barium sallow test ...seen a answer!)

I always get very excruciation migraines...had them for many years..always on a different med

I always get dizzy spells...could be sitting down watching TV boom a dizzy spell...taking a bath or shower boom a dizzy spell ...doing dishes ...vacuuming always seems to happen and its very scary...I've blacked out and fallen a few times

when i am not dizzy i feel tipsy ...i feel like I'm drunk...seems hard to keep my balance ...don't ask me to walk a straight line

I get very fatigued easily

I also get painful muscle and joint aches all the time ...some times its so hard to get out of bed and be happy and functional

All the time i get like a buzzing feeling in my body sorta like a rush of adrenaline ..I get tingling..numbness..very sharp and painful shooting pains in mostly my arms and legs..i get burning sensations all over like somebody lite my parts of my body on fire sometimes these sensations occur almost all together or a few at a time

I also get painful pin and needles and numbness in my face and neck regularly

My mind feels like it gets clouded and it seems harder to make decision sometimes it's difficult to think and feel coordinated hard to concentrate and stay focused

Most recent the past couple of months i have started to get the somewhat mild shakes/little mini tremors and weakness my legs and my arms becomes hard to stand and also to hold things..2 weeks ago i made a hot tea and dropped the glass

I have been told by a friend of mine that these are possible some of the signs of M.S.

Though i have considered maybe Fibromyalgia

So any takers I'm frustrated and just looking for some answers
TYVM in advance for reading and or responding

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Old 10-08-2007, 07:03 AM   #2
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Re: Reasons I HOPE am getting my MRI/Brain scan

this could be symptomatic of a few different things is just a matter of testing certain things and ruling them in or out and moving onto the next possibility.have they ever actually checked your thyroid?you can have some pretty incredible symptoms if your thyroid is hypo.just one thought for far as answering the questions on your other post,you can also have an angiogram done on your brain,not just your heart(the test is exactly the same and done in the same way,only in a different heavily arterial structure).they just go into the groin area(the femoral artery) and snake a cath up thru your arterial structures on up to the base of the brain area and shoot dye into the arteries up there.after that a very different type of "x ray' is taken.this just really is the very best way to really see all of the arteries within the brain to see any odd vascular formations such as AVM or aneurysm,or other strange things that can be within an is a very definitive type of shows all the arteries in a very clear way without any other brain structures there to hide things from view.i have had to have several of these done.this is normally done AFTER they happen to find something arterial on the other scans and not normally done gives the docs and the neuro interventional radiologist who would be doing something with like say an aneurysm?the best possible view before doing any real procedures.tho it 'can' be done at any time,since it does involve some risk,they just don't usually send you for one unless there is something found upon another type of scan like the MRI or MRA.once my aneurysm was actually confirmed with the MRA,i was sent for one just to see what treatment options i had.thankfully it was able to be coiled so i did not have to have part of my freaking skull removed for the craniotomy which involves clipping off the aneurysm from the blood supply.

the MRI with contrast really would be most helpful for you right now.that contrast is really a big help when you are trying to "find' something that needs to be found within just about any clarifys things a bit better.the MRA is kind of like an angio in that it only highlights the arterial structures within the brain and nothing else.but this is a much safer simpler procedure since it is done basically the very same way an MRI is just lie in that tube and the difference in the test is actually just done from the tech end,you don;t have to actually DO anything but lie there,just like the MRI.

honestly,for what your symptoms currently are and what you are looking at here i would really speak with your doc about the contrast and possibly adding the MRA to the "to do' can all be done all at one time so it really would not be any big deal for your doc to just write that order for you.since you are going to have that MRI done anyway,it would just save time and probably money too to have it done all at the very same time.this really would be the ideal way to go for you and would be looking at ALL the possible areas that could be causing your symptoms.just speak with your doc about this and make your case with him for having this all really should not be an issue for him to do for you.i do wish you luck and hope they can at least find the source of the symptoms.not having any real Dx when you are having your types of symptoms just sucks.been there done that one to death.please keep me posted on how things go,K? take care, **
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:58 AM   #3
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Re: Reasons I HOPE am getting my MRI/Brain scan

Hi, found you... Okay so i have some of those symptoms too, mostly the numbness..I've told you i do have MS. Fatigue is the worst for me. Taking hot showers is a no no, just warm or even run the water to cool at the end.
Baths forget it. Vacuuming and mopping floors , honey its either one or the other, not both. Hubby helps me.
I do hope you have family support at home with you, especially if yr passing out. How scary for you.

F.B is sooo right. I'd be asking my Neuro for a contrast when you have your MRI. The contrast will give better results. I do hope yr Neurologist specialises in MS he will prob run a few extra tests to either confirm or rule out MS. You say yr cousin has it. Hopefully not too bad. To suggest Fibro is another suggested that came to mind while reading this post with yr symptoms.
How soon is yr MRI scheduled for, hopefully you don't wait long.

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