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by MarkLavelle
Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:22 pm
Forum: Medical Marijuana
Topic: MARIJAUNA BEING ILLEGAL IS PURE "BS"-PLAIN AND SIMPLE
Replies: 88
Views: 17055

Re: MARIJAUNA BEING ILLEGAL IS PURE "BS"-PLAIN AND SIMPLE

That patent is as good as hundreds (thousands) of other similar ones in the medical field.

Patent law has been badly broken for at least 20 years...
by MarkLavelle
Sat Dec 15, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Waiting on a diagnosis, have some questions
Replies: 1
Views: 982

Re: Waiting on a diagnosis, have some questions

I guess you could say my initial symptoms (paresthesia [pins & needles] in my feet) were vague, in that for the first week or so that came & went. But over the course of 2-3 months the paresthesia spread over most of my skin and became 24/7. It was about a year and a half before I had a diagnosis an...
by MarkLavelle
Sat Dec 08, 2012 5:00 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New, In the process of super quick diagnosis?
Replies: 8
Views: 1556

Re: New, In the process of super quick diagnosis?

Aha -- more details always help... Optic Neuritis (ON) is the one eye condition that is closely associated with MS and ophthalmologists are the docs most qualified to find it. I haven't had ON, so I don't know what kind of exam is necessary. While the official criteria specify two 'attacks' (as evid...
by MarkLavelle
Sat Dec 08, 2012 1:21 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New, In the process of super quick diagnosis?
Replies: 8
Views: 1556

Re: New, In the process of super quick diagnosis?

Netbe, If it was at all funny, I'd say we're looking at an apparent comedy of errors. Several things about your story strike me as strange and other parts just worth commenting on: * If the ophth didn't find anything wrong with her eye(s), there was absolutely no reason to jump to a suspicion of MS ...
by MarkLavelle
Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: no reflexes on left side of body during test
Replies: 1
Views: 1604

Re: no reflexes on left side of body during test

I believe a lack of reflexes is more likely from pinched (or otherwise mechanically disturbed) nerves. My understanding is that MS is generally the opposite: hyper reflexes rather than missing ones.

You should get a physiatrist to check that out.
by MarkLavelle
Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:33 am
Forum: Undiagnosed
Topic: Suggestions for Questions I should ask
Replies: 5
Views: 1291

Re: Suggestions for Questions I should ask

I go on Monday for the EMG and my PCP said if it didn't show anything that I would be referred to an academic hospital setting. He politely (and gently) told me to be a patient (said I was intelligent but that I need to stop diagnosing myself). I agree, but I feel like knowledge is power and it mak...
by MarkLavelle
Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:10 am
Forum: Undiagnosed
Topic: Considering the possibility
Replies: 6
Views: 1099

Re: Considering the possibility

Jaeness wrote:Any feedback would be welcome.
Just one question: What does your doctor think?
by MarkLavelle
Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Followup MRI
Replies: 1
Views: 625

Re: Followup MRI

Your understanding is correct: nothing 'lit up' = no active lesions. Not all symptoms go away between flares, though, so it's not surprising that you still have issues. You'll probably want to read the written MRI report, too. It should compare this scan to your previous one, and tell you if you hav...
by MarkLavelle
Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:09 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: So confused!
Replies: 9
Views: 1215

Re: So confused!

I went to my family doctor because I have pain in my hip...it is like it pops out of the socket and clicks back in. (normally when I have been walking a lot or in the mornings) My family doctor sent me for an MRI of my brain and called me that evening to tell me that I had MS. He said that their we...
by MarkLavelle
Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: CAN ONE EXPLAIN MY MRI
Replies: 3
Views: 1310

Re: CAN ONE EXPLAIN MY MRI

A lesion is simply *any* area of damaged tissue (nerves or not). On a brain MRI, some lesions are 'characteristic of' (typical for) MS, and they can be detected (unless they are too small) with or without contrast. The contrast only helps to identify whether any of the lesions are active (currently ...
by MarkLavelle
Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: pLEASE PLEASE Help I am desperate for advice with M.S
Replies: 9
Views: 1162

Re: pLEASE PLEASE Help I am desperate for advice with M.S

my new neurologist has said nothing really, when I asked him directly about M.S he said: im not convinced as yet and I do not have the opitcal issue that M.S sufferers have, I have had only one very severe attack. (a) Almost half of all people with MS have never had optic neuritis. (b) "Only one at...
by MarkLavelle
Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: No lessions and no o bands
Replies: 6
Views: 1834

Re: No lessions and no o bands

Yes, I had an mri of my brain and spine, but both were with out contrast. I was reading that new lesions might not show up with out contrast on an mri, so I am going to ask my neuro to give me another mri with contrast this time. Contrast will not show any more or different lesions than the 'regula...
by MarkLavelle
Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: chiropractors, good or bad?
Replies: 3
Views: 768

Re: chiropractors, good or bad?

Do yourself a favor: see a physiatrist (http://www.aapmr.org/patients/aboutpmr/ ... trist.aspx).

Since when do you trust lawyers for medical advice? 8O
by MarkLavelle
Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:13 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Advice please?
Replies: 15
Views: 2399

Re: Advice please?

I have strange symptoms in my hands and feet, but they've so far been put down to carpal tunnel and/or poor circulation. My hands are the worst, but i struggle to find the words to express it, and the best I usually come up with is that 'my hands feel funny' - not exactly much for my doctor to go o...
by MarkLavelle
Tue Aug 28, 2012 11:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Doctor refuses ALL medications for over a year now?
Replies: 6
Views: 1348

Re: Doctor refuses ALL medications for over a year now?

Maybe your GP will deal with your prescriptions?