staceo wrote:Hi All,
Two back doctors have told me to see a neurologist because to 3 things:
1. a 9mm lesion in spinal cord - C5 in my MRI
2. Hoffmann's reflex - positive
From my perspective, I have no bladder or bowl problems but I do have leg and arm pain (was told I have fibromyalgia 2 years ago) and have Hashimoto's (thyroid) which is an autoimmune. I have chronic allergies & asthma, blurred vision, some cognitive issues and some numbness in my feet and face. My question is, don't most people with MS have two or more lesions? If not MS, what else could this be? My ortho said it was not caused my an injury so....
I do have an appt. with a Neurologist in a few weeks but in the mean time I'm stressing out.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Welcome to ThisIsMS, staceo.
Since you stated that "any feedback" would be appreciated, I will offer my thoughts:
People diagnosed with one autoimmune disease are often diagnosed with a second or even a third autoimmune disease. Hashimoto's and fibromyalgia (I think asthma, too) are in the list of over 100 autoimmune diseases – http://www.aarda.org
– MS is also in that group.
To your question… Some people with MS symptoms and diagnosis have NO lesions. After death and autopsy, many people who had no MS symptoms/diagnosis during their lifetimes have been found with many lesions! I am not convinced that lesions play much of a role in MS at all.
In preparation for your appointment with a neurologist in a few weeks, this description of a neurological exam might be helpful to you. It will give you an idea of what to expect and encourage you to take a list of symptoms to the appointment: http://peripheralneuropathycenter.uchic ... #bloodtest
I think the section on blood tests is especially important for you to discuss with your neurologist:
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 (Jimmylegs recommends magnesium, zinc, and copper also.)
Thyroid, liver and kidney functions (especially thyroid recommended by Kathryn Simpson in her book The MS Solution)
Oral glucose tolerance test (I suggest a "fasting blood insulin test" also.)
Antibodies to nerve components (e.g., anti-MAG antibody)
Antibodies related to celiac disease (I think testing for celiac/gluten intolerance is also important.)
Lyme disease (Bartman, among other TIMS members, urge this test be done.)
Hepatitis C and B
My hypothesis: excess insulin (hyperinsulinemia) plays a major role in MS, as developed in my initial post: http://www.thisisms.com/forum/general-discussion-f1/topic1878.html "Insulin – Could This Be the Key?"