sweetsilverlining wrote:Hi, I'm new here! I just got diagnosed a couple days ago. I went into the ER with left leg numbness assuming it was a pinched nerve and instead they performed an MRI on my brain and found brain lesions and swelling. I spoke to a neurologist who gave me a spinal tap, but I'm still pretty confused by the diagnosis. It's not just that it was completely unexpected, but I won't get the spinal tap results until next week so I'm wondering if there's a chance it isn't MS. And if it isn't MS, what else could it be? The neurologist seemed pretty sure that it was MS. My discharge papers classified me as having MS, and I'm seeing the neurologist again in 2 weeks to discuss treatment options, but he also said the spinal tap would be used to rule out any other autoimmune diseases.
I guess I'm just really confused about the spinal tap. If it comes back normal does that mean that I don't have MS, and it's something else? The neurologist explained this to me, but I had a hard time listening because I was still pretty shocked by the diagnosis.
Please note that the first blood test the U of Chicago suggests is for vitamin B12. I definitely think this is the place to start. There have been several malpractice cases won (for several million dollars each) when doctors did not look for vitamin B 12 deficiencies and patients went on to develop irreversible neurologic damage.Blood tests
Blood tests are commonly employed to check for vitamin deficiencies, toxic elements and evidence of an abnormal immune response.
Depending on your individual situation, your doctor may request certain laboratory tests to identify potentially treatable causes for neuropathy. These include tests for:
Vitamin B12 and folate levels
Thyroid, liver and kidney functions
Oral glucose tolerance test
Antibodies to nerve components (e.g., anti-MAG antibody)
Antibodies related to celiac disease
Hepatitis C and B
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