hi v did you have symptoms at the time you got the mri and they have cleared up? or did you have an mri for something else and then they were like, oh look ms?
i had heard that all kinds of ppl have little holes in their brain but because they never have noticeable symptoms from them, they never end up having an mri ordered and they may never know there is a problem (unless they get an mri for some other reason). i think they call this "benign" ms.
i don't know about patterns of mri and types of ms, but i do know that the presence of optic problems at first presentation is associated with more benign types of ms. too bad for me, 20/20! :S
my mri shows little holes all over my brain. the biggest one is about 1cm. i think they needed 9 or 10 to be able to hand me the ms verdict, and they had a time finding enough but they did it.
i do not have any symptoms or signs associated with any of the brain damage.
what i did was look at where my lesions were, studied the brain, figured out what areas were affected by the lesions that i could see on the mri, and then i looked at what would be affected by the spinal cord damage. i had problems with fine motor (i thought) so i was concerned that i had a manifestation of cerebellar damage, but the physio doc said no, it was just a sensory deficit impacting my motor function. and sure enough, as my sensation has started to return, the motor issues went away.
all my problems therefore stem from the two honkin
spinal lesions. actually the thoracic one seems to be on the mend from how my symptoms have improved. my cervical lesion, which obviously takes a lot more action what with all the head-banging and watching tennis games (okay well maybe just shoulder-checks), is taking longer because i still have impaired sensation in my hands. typing has improved but i still don't enjoy towels, or playing guitar, and i pay the salon to wash my hair for me.
i smacked my head in a snowboarding fall 2 days before this first attack swept through, so i think that started everything, exacerbating pre-existing damage in my cervical cord, causing inflammation, yada yada. i think that is why my C7/8 symptoms are taking the longest to get lost.
anyway back on my soapbox for a sec: did you read that study about vitamin d supplementation halting the progress of murine eae? wouldn't it be great (assuming that there is a flawed immune system partly responsible) if you could slam the brakes on your ms right now, with no noticeable symptoms?
that's all for now