viper498 wrote:Does anyone know if there is any correlation between Lesion patterns and types of MS? or severities of MS?
My MRI, as of almost a year ago had many lesions, it looked like buck-shot scattered over my brain. All of the lesions were small, but there were many. I have ZERO known symptoms as of now. I was curious if anyone would share their situation compared to their MRI's?
Sorry to be slow jumping in, just saw this thread.
My daughter has horrible MRI's
(1 initial brain & cervical and 2 follow up brain scans)
The cervical was really frightening.
As for the brain; many lesions, always some that are contrast enhancing. With both follow-up MRI's the finding was a severe pattern of active MS with progression from the previous scans.
Symptomatically she presented with numbness, tingling, clumsiness and loss of strength in her left hand/arm about 2 years ago.
Strength is back, still a little numbness and clumsiness left from that 1st attack, but much improved and mostly just in her fingers now.
Other than that she has had one short bout of optic neuritis that has cleared, no other symptoms at all.
Based on her MRI's she should be a real mess.
We did have a discussion about this here awhile back and I think it was Wesley who speculated that in addition to lesion location, age might also play a role when trying to come up with any useful correlation between lesions/disability.
Perhaps a younger person with a more plastic brain would be able to compensate, even with multiple lesions, more readily than someone older?
I see the logic there, but I have to say that I'm a member of a group for parents of kids with MS and I see reports of the same sort of discrepancies between MRI results and disability there that seem to be so common in the MS population as a whole.
I refused on the last Dr. visit to have my daughter "shoot the tube" again. (as gwa put it
) At this point the only purpose I see it serving is as a scare tactic to try and convince me to go ahead with the novantrone the neuro has suggested and I've already said no to.
Certainly does not seem to be much real understanding of something the pharmas place so much emphasis on.