Jomcjor22 wrote:Hi everyone.. My name is Joey and I am a 42 year old female who, since April, has had a major change to my health and was wondering if anyone has experienced the same thing...
I went back to neuro who specializes in ms and am having another brain mri with contrast along with a cervical and thoracic mri..
Just wondering if any of u had some good insight.. Thanks
Hi Joey, and welcome -- although we're also sorry you have reason to visit us in the first place! The problem with MS is that its symptoms mimic many other diseases (especially neurological ones) and there really is no definitive test. And... to confuse things further, every single one of us has a completely different set of symptoms. And... most of us have enough additional medical conditions that no matter what symptom you come up with, there's bound to be someone here who has that exact one, whether it's due to MS or not.
Personally, I can't attribute any one of my many symptoms directly to MS but more likely to one of my many other medical conditions. Sigh.
Although using contrast will light up "active" lesions on an MRI, they show up without it. My first MRI with NO contrast showed my brain was jammed full of MS-type lesions. MRIs 1 year later, and 2 years later showed the exact same lesions and none of them "enhanced." It's good that they're doing a cervical & thoracic MRIs for you, though, because often that's where MS lesions hide.
Good luck to you and keep us posted!