Shanberger wrote:When people talk about being diagnosed by MRI, is that of the brain only?
Since you've already been given good answers, I'm going to take a different perspective for you to consider.
1. Are you absolutely, positively certain you want to be labeled with a diagnosis of MS? It's a very
heavy diagnosis with many possible ramifications, and if you have no interest in starting a DMD at this time, you might want to reconsider pursuing the diagnosis for now and just treat symptoms as/if they arise until a symptom comes along that clinches such a diagnosis.
2. Take a good, long look at the differential diagnosis for MS and check how many/how few problems your neuro investigated before
you accept an MS diagnosis and start on a DMD.
3. Make sure you get full spinal X-rays, if you haven't already had them, to rule out structural/mechanical issues such as bulging discs, stenoses, osteoarthritis, and vertebral bone spurs, all of which can cause compression of the cord and/or nerve roots. I suggest you ask your primary doc to order the X-rays because neuros have little to no interest in them, BUT there could still be big problems with your spine that are affecting your cord.
4. Read copies of all reports--past, present, and future. Regarding neuros, do not rely on them to tell you about everything written in imaging reports.
Edit- added italicized words in No. 3