One year ago I was diagnosed with MS with positive CSF (high IGG index and IGG Syn rate) and one non-enhanced "small, focal area of increased signal" on my MRI. I also have numbness all over my skin and my tongue. My neurologist consulted with an MS specialist and concurred that I have MS. Well, after learning that there is a criteria for MS, the McDonald Criteria, I felt like I didn't really meet the criteria put forth by that Criteria and addressed that with him. And he said that I really didn't meet all the criteria. And then he, I guess you could call it, re-diagnosed me with possible/probable MS. I told him that I could understand him diagnosing me prematurely if I was trying to be put on any of the meds, but I am choosing not to do that at this time.
I guess my question is -- when you were diagnosed with MS, did you meet ALL of the McDonald criteria, or do you even have to?
By the way, when I had my last MRI in April, the "small, focal area of increased signal" was gone. If I had been on the meds, I know he would have attributed it to that and said to keep on taking them. As it stands, I'm not exactly sure how it went away, but am thanking God and taking what seems to be a ton of supplements. I still have my tongue and skin numbness, and know that my alertness isn't like what it used to be. After I said that I was glad I wasn't on any of the meds because that's probably where the credit would have gone, my neurologist said he was glad I didn't have that "venous thing," meaning CCSVI treatment. And went on to say that it could cause stroke. Has anyone had a stroke from it?
I have been reading these forums for over a year now and appreciate all the wisdom that is on here. I have cried at the videos on the CCSVI forum and rejoiced in the successes and prayed for continued progress. Just wanted to say thank you.