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    Old 01-15-2012, 01:46 PM   #1
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    Brain MRI

    Hello Everyone,

    I am new here

    I have a couple questions.
    Ok, Now, I had a Brain MRI due to severe Migraines. Also tingling in back of head. It was done just as a preventative by the Nuero doc.
    As I was waiting for my results, I also had an appointment to see my podiatrist due to tingling in my feet. Which I thought was due to my ugly bunions but was told no, could possibly be Nueropathy? Was asked how my blood sugar is I am borderline Type 2 on meds for it as well as Hypothyroid but NOT full type 2. The Podiatris is trying a high dose of Vit B12 to see if that works right now. I also have Fibromyalgia as well as had fusion C5-C6,
    C6 -C7 Titaniam plate metal screws done back in 2006. Did have a MRI of Cervical neck recenty everything in tacted.

    Have had some issues with tingling with fingers as well, but neck dose kick up every so often. I do have left side copression of spinal cord on C4 to C5 but it is no bad but dose tend to aggrivate the C5 nerve. So it is something that I do tend to deal with and have to take care of.

    Well bhack to the Brain MRI. I get a call from my Nuero doc, and he said the brain looks good but the MRI shows White Dots and alot of them? He said they were NOT strokes or Tumors. He said he seen this in a thousand of patients in the age group of 30 and over (I am 46) but that I have alot of them. He asked how I was feeling, and if I have started my migraine med which is Topemax and taht I have a appointment with him and he wants to further discuss this with me.

    Now, my sister, as well as a freind of mine and my father in law who did have a stroke all had Brain MRI's over the age of 30, and Did NOT have White Spots.
    The other day, I had to go for a routine eye exam, which everything was fine, and my eye doc asked how my migraines were and asked how the Topemax was working (since he knew cause you have to update your file) and I told him about the Brain MRI and told him exactly what the Nuero doc said and just asked him have you ever heard of White Spots on the Brain? He said yes. It could be MS......Well, I was like ok.....so, I was wondering if anyone here has heard of White Dots on the Brain Possibly being MS.

    Sorry for the long story.. I have so much crap going on whith my health Idk what the heck it could be crazy!!

    Just was wondering if anyone has heard of White Dots on the Brain and MS?

    Thanks!!
    Hope everyone is feeling well!!!!!!!
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    Old 01-15-2012, 03:52 PM   #2
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    Re: Brain MRI

    Hello there. Wow, you are going thru some stuff right now, arent you?!
    First of all, whoever you told that you have white dots on your MRI should be fired and you should run far and fast away from this person. Thats not only unprofessional, but its questionable as to why someone would say that to you.

    Lets back up. MS lesions- are scars, where the body (autoimmune disease) attacks the myelin sheath (the protective coating of the nerves) and leaves scars. These appear to be white dots on a MRI. HOWEVER, EVERYONE has white dots on their MRI. The size, shape and placement of these dots can determine if they are scars from migranes (very common), scars from previous infections (also common) or MS related lesions. A good radiologist or Neurologist can tell the difference by simply looking at them. Now, Im also in your age range....and it IS true that as we hit 40, everyone gets some demylination in their brain. This also appears as white spots. So for someone to say to you that you have allot of white spots is the most horrible thing Ive heard this week....its inconclusive and obviously upsetting you. And Id be furious with whomever said it to you.

    The next step is to get a copy of your report from the MRI. Getting the films is also important, but YOU shouldnt look at them. 95% of all white spots on your films are supposed to be there....its the 5% that doctors go to school for 9 years to figure out. ok? However, in the report will be an impression, if you could tell us what that said, we could tell you if the doctor who wrote it was thinking demylination, or MS......we arent doctors, but those of us who have MS are familiar with what a MS report looks like.

    The issues you described, from the tingling to the neuropathy, are ALL symtoms of neck problems...and you have had enough fusion and surgery that its not surprising that you are having these symtoms. I wouldnt jump and say that these are MS symtoms; although if you looked up common MS symtoms, you would find numbness and tingling on the list....in your case, its probably from the neck.
    The fact that you are borderline diabetic is also seriously important in this case- especially if you are under the care of a podiatrist- you want him to be sure that the diabetic symtoms arent the root cause of your feet issues!

    I dont think you have a single thing to worry about with regard to MS- everyone of your symtoms adds up to the surgery you have had and the cervical issues you already know about....as for white lesions- if YOUR doctor who ordered the MRI cant interpret this for you to your liking, go make an appointment with a neurologist and have him look at both the films and the report and explain it to you.....but Id have a serious talk with whoever told you "lots of white spots" and tell them you didnt appreciate being scared to death. And, remember, stay off the INternet. Looking up your symptoms is going to open up a whole HUGE can of worms which will only make you more nervous....wait and talk to your doctor.
    And try to relax. Im guessing you arent going to hear anything that you dont know already.
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    Old 01-15-2012, 03:58 PM   #3
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    Re: Brain MRI

    Welcome.

    Some of your tingling could be the result of your borderline diabetes, but I would recommend that you have an MS Specialist (Neuro specializing in MS) review your MRI data. White spots can be MS lesions, but it can depend on the shape, etc. A specialist can help you determine what is happening. A neighbor of mine was treated for many years for fibro before she was found to actually have MS and not fibro (you could have both). Your compression issues as well as history of migraines and Hyperthyroid can be factors too, but an MS Specialist can help you sort out "what-is-what". When I was younger and my MS was "happening", I used to get severe migraines- not daily but on periodic cycles. Looking in hindsight my neuro attributed these migraines to my MS.

    Fear not, however, because you have come to the right place for support and non-medical, MS experience knowledge.
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    Old 02-07-2012, 02:46 PM   #4
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    Re: Brain MRI

    Hi,

    So sorry I didn't write back..I was so sick with a bad cold then went into a Bacterial Infection, then my hussband was sick then my step-son who lives with us...went right through the house!!!

    Well, I saw the Nuero doc, and I have to go for Nerve Testing mext week for my hands and regarding my MRI I have to go for a 2nd MRI in 6-months to see if there are any changes. He said if there are changes then that means it is a disease if not then it is due to to aging and migraines....

    Here is my MRI report:

    FINDINGS:

    MR scanning of the brain was performed with signal and axial T1-weighted images, axial diffusion. weighted images, axial T2-weighted images and axial and coronal FLAIR weighted images all without intravenous contrast material. No prior studies are available for comparison.

    There is no evidence of inra or extra-axial hemorrahage. There is no evidence of midline shift. There is no evidence of mass lesions. There is no evidence of any area of restricted diffusion.

    The ventricles are normal in size and position.

    The major flow-voids are preserved.

    Tgere are a few nonspecific subcortical foci of increased signal within the right cerebral hemisphere. These are nonspecific in nature. Differential diagnostic possibilities include, but are not limited to, postromatic in nature, migraine headaches, infectous or inflammatory process such as Lymes disease, demyelinating process such as Multiple Sclerosis or Microvascular changes.

    IMPRESSION:

    Few scattered subcortical foci of abnormalo signal within the white matter of the right cerebral hemisphere. Otherwise unremarkable MRI of the brain.

    Well..So I am guessing it is pretty much self explanitory...I have to wait to see what the second one shows and see what the next step is???? What is your thoughts??

    Thanks !!
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    Old 02-07-2012, 03:07 PM   #5
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    Re: Brain MRI

    hi there. No one can tell you that you DONT have MS; but at this time, you DO NOT Have MS! Your brain MRI is very unspecific, and says exactly what you would hope it would say....because they have no idea what is causing the white spots, could be simple migrane related, they cant leave it out- or rule out anything...but there is nothing there to suggest that you have MS; its just simply suggesting that you get retested.

    I would not dwell on this. You have a history of neck trauma; therefore this could simply be scarring from the trauma..it can certainly show up in the areas mentioned.

    Its normal to repeat MRIs every 6 months just to make sure nothing new devleopes, but Id be willing to bet that you dont have any new developemnents! Your MRI is very stable...

    Be well! Dont stress!
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    Old 02-07-2012, 03:23 PM   #6
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    Hi,

    So sorry I didn't write back..I was so sick with a bad cold then went into a Bacterial Infection, then my hussband was sick then my step-son who lives with us...went right through the house!!!

    Well, I saw the Nuero doc, and I have to go for Nerve Testing mext week for my hands and regarding my MRI I have to go for a 2nd MRI in 6-months to see if there are any changes. He said if there are changes then that means it is a disease if not then it is due to to aging and migraines....

    Here is my MRI report:

    FINDINGS:

    MR scanning of the brain was performed with signal and axial T1-weighted images, axial diffusion. weighted images, axial T2-weighted images and axial and coronal FLAIR weighted images all without intravenous contrast material. No prior studies are available for comparison.

    There is no evidence of inra or extra-axial hemorrahage. There is no evidence of midline shift. There is no evidence of mass lesions. There is no evidence of any area of restricted diffusion.

    The ventricles are normal in size and position.

    The major flow-voids are preserved.

    Tgere are a few nonspecific subcortical foci of increased signal within the right cerebral hemisphere. These are nonspecific in nature. Differential diagnostic possibilities include, but are not limited to, postromatic in nature, migraine headaches, infectous or inflammatory process such as Lymes disease, demyelinating process such as Multiple Sclerosis or Microvascular changes.

    IMPRESSION:

    Few scattered subcortical foci of abnormalo signal within the white matter of the right cerebral hemisphere. Otherwise unremarkable MRI of the brain.

    Well..So I am guessing it is pretty much self explanitory...I have to wait to see what the second one shows and see what the next step is???? What is your thoughts??

    Thanks !!
    not to worry , I just had to comfort my best friend because she got a MS diagnosis about 1:00 today, she also has spinal issues and for years the doctors blamed everything on her spinal issues , her husband had to get a part time job so that he could pay for her tests, I hope you don't have it,
    only your tests and doctors will be able to determine that, lots of luck to you

     
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    not to worry , I just had to comfort my best friend because she got a MS diagnosis about 1:00 today, she also has spinal issues and for years the doctors blamed everything on her spinal issues , her husband had to get a part time job so that he could pay for her tests, I hope you don't have it,
    only your tests and doctors will be able to determine that, lots of luck to you
    Many prayers to you and your friend. I am sad to hear she joins the MS family, but I am happy to welcome her with support and prayer. I am glad your friend got her diagnosis. Now she can get on with life because limboland is history for her.
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