tom88 wrote: I also had a colonoscopy and results came out with mild chron's disease.
I have had a few tests done at my neurologist appointments so far, I had an EMG, EEG, and blood work done, the EEG and blood work came out normal, but my EMG was abnormal. So my doctor ordered an appointment for me to have a brain and spine MRI done...
I have my MRI scheduled tomorrow and I have to drink contrast, which I am not sure why I have to drink that for. I will end up having my follow up appointment with my doctor with the results of the MRI in 2 weeks but that just makes me kind of nervous for waiting that long.
I do have a question though, is it still possible to have MS with a normal EEG and normal blood work?
...and not to mention I did see a chiropractor a few years ago as well and found out I have scoliosis in my back, and wondering if its possible if some of the symptoms could be coming from that?
Hi Tom, and welcome! Sorry that you might have MS, and that is up to your neuro to decide, but I thought I'd stop in with a couple of comments, so I left part of your note above. One of the problems with MS is that its symptoms mimic most all other neurological diseases -- including ones of the peripheral nerves. And...there is no definitive test for MS, so they test us to rule out other medical conditions. Your EEGs and blood work were to rule out other conditions, and the abnormal EMGs show peripheral nerve issues, not MS. I was diagnosed with both MS and
a hereditary peripheral neuropathy at the same time, however.
Next, yes, your other diagnoses of Crohn's Disease and scoliosis (plus the abnormal peripheral nerve issues) all could be contributing to your symptoms. But...you could still have MS, too. Dunno yet.
Next, as far as I know, gadolinium is given through an injection halfway through your MRIs, and you don't drink it. NHE is right with his comments, though.
It sounds like your neuro is right on top of things and ordering the correct tests. The MRIs of the brain & spine both with and without contrast are the best tests for MS, although even those can't give a 100% diagnosis since there are many reasons for lesions in the brain & spine. MS lesions usually have a distinct pattern, though.
Also, I've always been able to pick up my radiologist's report and CD of my MRIs at the hospital within a couple of days afterwards. You're probably better off to have the neuro explain them, because the radiologist generally notes what he/she notices, and does NOT make a diagnosis in their reports. They may
say what they see is "suggestive of a demyelinating disease like MS." But you should definitely have copies of your own for your records.
There's plenty of info here at the forum, and many of us have had MS for years (about 40 years for me), and we're still doing okay. Good luck tomorrow, and keep us posted!