Your neuro may not understand how venous reflux can lead to MS damage...but researchers are seeing how this might happen with 7Tesla MRI. Please look at the pics, print it out to discuss with your neuro. Jugular valve insufficiency is related to neurological disease, and would explain this type of vascular inflammation.
http://www.med.nyu.edu/radiology_resear ... /02129.pdf
7T MRI: A Powerful Vision of Microvascular Abnormalities in Multiple Sclerosis
Y. Ge1, V. Zohrabian1, and R. I. Grossman1
1 Department of Radiology, New York University School of Medicine, New York City, NY, United States
Introduction: Multiple sclerosis (MS) lesions have been linked to venous abnormality, although the derivation of these lesions from the vasculature has been difficult to assess in vivo (1,2). Ultra-high-field (e.g. 7T) MR has provided increased visibility of venous vasculature by taking advantage of markedly increased intrinsic intensity and susceptibility contrast (3). We report findings acquired at 7T MR in two MS patients, and demonstrate enhanced detection of unique microvascular abnormalities in MS.
Our findings established that approximately half of total MS lesions in our two patients are small with well-defined central veins, and that these diffuse, subtle signal abnormalities may correspond to early vascular changes. This represents the first time that such subtle vascular inflammatory abnormalities have been demonstrated in vivo. Improved detection of these lesions in the early stage of development on 7T MRI will
have substantial ramifications on future diagnosis, monitoring, and therapeutic response in MS.
You've got something which is tied to neurological disease (IJVVI-internal jugular vein valve incompetence), and you have MS. I'm counting on you to help put these pieces together! Thanks again for getting tested first.
PS I've posted this before, but maybe it got lost in the discussion. Might mean more to you now you know you got it...
http://health.elsevier.com/ajws_archive ... 3A4703.pdf