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Old 11-14-2007, 08:50 AM   #1
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Angry neg mri

can you have aneg mri and still have ms? symptoms are dizzy,fatigue,tingling ,numbness, sometimes like a burning(cold) left arm. i also habve headaches and nausea.some days are better then others. dr thinks i got reinfected with ebv and that i could possibly have the beginning of ms and this would of caused a flare up. but mri of head and back came back neg. had more blood work at cleveland clinic they wanted me to go to a neurologist up there but we told them no, i seen one a few weeks ago when i was in hospital.. i just feel no body knows what they are doing.. havent worked for3 weeks.. thanks for any info

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Old 11-14-2007, 09:13 AM   #2
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Re: neg mri

Yes, you can have MS without any lesions showing up on an MRI yet... did they do the MRI's of the brain and spine with and without contrast? This helps to be sure they see anything and everything that may be there. Doctors use the tests to confirm a suspicion mostly but rely on clinical evaluation of symptoms pretty heavily given it can take time for the lesions to present themselves. They do spend quite a bit of time and testing to try to rule out anything else it could possibly be .

There are some posts back on 11/3 that deal with this question you may want to read. Several people give good descriptions of this subject. I don't remember whether you have said whether you have had a spinal tap yet or not. Typically that is one of the first things they do.

I know it can be so very frustrating. I am sorry you are having to go through all of this when you just want a straight answer. If they did not do the MRI with/without contrast, you need to insist it is done again. That is the most reliable way to do them. You may need to see several neurologists before you get the answers you need.


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Re: neg mri

Ditto to Tuckersmom. Early stages are difficult when they present. Lesion size could be just large enough to cause your problems and yet small enough to escape notice.

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