My MRI (brain) came back as "normal", but I had 2 Dr tell me conflicting info, one said it means I don't have MS, the other says it is not a reliable indicator, that MS is still a possibility.
Has anyone heard of Peripheral Neuropathy? I just can't help but wondering if what I have is more along this line as this is just so progressive, so fast, since it was so close to a major fall on ice?
Hi HB, I'm so sorry you're going through this and wish you well! It's all pretty confusing, and it sounds like your docs may be just as confused as you are (common, but yikes!) A MS diagnosis generally comes after lots of testing that rules out the many other medical conditions that mimic it, so I hope your neuro can help you out and at least treat your symptoms.
Since my dx came practically overnight, I don't have too much to say except that yes, you can have MS with no brain lesions that show on MRI, brain lesions can also indicate other diseases, and spinal lesions alone can give a dx of MS. In fact, spinal lesions seem to produce more serious symptoms, while the brain is more 'plastic' and tends to adapt, forming new neural pathways around them.
Also, often MS brain lesions show up in specific areas, often with distinctive shapes. (Lots of lesion info out there...it's easy to search for.)
My main info, tho, is about your peripheral neuropathy question. PN is usually considered a result of some other problem and not a separate disease (except for ones like the hereditary version I have
). I'm adding a couple of links and quotes from them. MS is a disease of the Central Nervous System (brain & spinal cord). All the other nerves in the entire body make up the Peripheral Nervous System. Damage to the PN can cause symptoms exactly like the ones listed for MS. Confusing, huh?
Altho your history may suggest MS, PN can also be caused by the type of physical trauma you experienced. Here's some Peripheral Neuropathy info for you, but you DO need a doc's advice and guidance. PN symptom lists sound a lot like MS symptom lists. Good luck finding some relief!PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY INFO:
I like Mayo Clinic info, but you have to click on lots of separate pages:Mayo Clinic PN symptoms
Your nervous system is divided into two broad categories. Your central nervous system consists of your brain and spinal cord. All the other nerves in your body are part of your peripheral nervous system. Peripheral neuropathy affects those nerves, which include:
■Sensory nerves to receive feelings such as heat, pain or touch
■Motor nerves that control how your muscles move
■Autonomic nerves that control such automatic functions as blood pressure, heart rate, digestion and bladder function
Signs and symptoms may include:
■Gradual onset of numbness and tingling in your feet or hands, which may spread upward into your legs and arms
■Sharp, jabbing or electric-like pain
■Extreme sensitivity to touch, even light touch
■Lack of coordination
■Muscle weakness or paralysis if motor nerves are affected
■Bowel or bladder problems if autonomic nerves are affected
Causes (see link for full info):
■Trauma or pressure on the nerve. Traumas, such as motor vehicle accidents, falls or sports injuries, can sever or damage peripheral nerves. Nerve pressure can result from using a cast or crutches, spending a long time in an unnatural position, or repeating a motion many times — such as typing.
■Exposure to poisons.
Lots of detailed info here:
Nat Inst of Health PN info
Lots of good MS info on this site:
Good MS info site