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What does my MRI results mean?
Ok I have been having a lot of neurological problems and just had my MRI and am unable to decipher it.
Here are some of the symptoms I've been having :I also should let you know that the MRI was without contrast .
I started having symptoms 3 years ago with sever burning in my legs along with muscle weakness. I literly had to sit while it was happening or I would fall.
I had no more symptoms till January, where I got the burning in the legs again and muscle weakness in which it had caused me to fall. Days later my right eye started to hurt upon moving it and my vision stated to go over a few days, I went to the eye doc and he diagnosed Optic Neuritis.
These are all my symptoms I have now:
-burning in legs along with muscle weakness
-tremors
-vision problems from ON
-headaches
-jumping/twitching nerves which make me itch
-pins and needles in the legs
-numbness on left foot
-fatigue
-ankle clonus
-over active reflexes
-major major cognitive problems I have to write everything down
-lower back pain
-dizzinesss when moving eyes back and forth

This is what the MRI says it is of my Brain and Thoracic spine

HISTORY: Optic Neuritis. Sensory level at umbilicus. Possible Demyelination

TECHNIQUE: T1, T2 density Imaging has been performed attention to the Thoracic spine. T1, T2, Flair, diffusion and gradient eco Imaging is performed of the brain.

FINDINGS: There are tiny nonspecific white matter focus seen in the subcortical white matter of the inferior left frontal lobe best seen on sagittal Imaging.
Measures a couple of millimetres and is nonspecific.
No other definite evidence of abnormal signal seen within white matter within the brain, brain stem or proximal cervical spinal cord.

Is no evidence of mass lesion or mass effect,hydrocephalus or acuye infraction or hemorrhage.

The alignment of the thoracic spine is normal. Vertebral body and disc space heights are well preserved. Is no evidence of disc herniation, spinal stenosis or forminal narrowing.
The spinal cord appears normal in signal on all pulse sequences. |Is noevidance of demyelinating disease. See no Evidence of mass lesion, syrinx or other thoracic spinal cord pathology.

Incidental note is made of 6 lumbar type vertebral bodies

INTERPRETATION: Tiny nonspecific focus increased signal white matter left frontal lobe. This is of questionable significance.
Hi there. Sorry you are having these problems. Intesting that they sent you for a brain and Thoracic MRI and even more interesting that they didnt use contrast. Not being a doctor- I still question, what type of doctor sent you for this and why did they NOT use contrast? Im not seeing that they were ruling out MS here- the protocol wasnt specific enough. Apparently, they were looking for something else...any idea what?

The fact that your MRI says non-specific means they didnt find anything..your spine is normally aligned, meaning its not a spine issue that they can see. The brain MRI, which is what you asked about, appears to be normal-

Because we are all MSers here, we know what we see when they find MS lesions and things which point towards MS....your report isnt suggesting MS in any way...however, the fact that they didnt do it with contrast doesnt rule out anything. Also, many MS lesions show up in the cervical spine area. Which wasnt scanned....contrast, helps pick up tiny little lesions which dont, or cant, show up without it.

ON, is scary and often painful. Ive had it 3 times...in many cases, it is an indicator of MS; however my brother often gets ON and he is completely negative for MS- his is caused by something completely unrelated. There really isnt any way to know what brought your ON on, without more info...

Did a Neurologist order this? If so, he must have been looking for something not MS related....or he should have ordered the Cspine and the contrast....if it was a family doc who ordered it, you might want to take these results to a Neuro, along with your films or CD of pics, and have him look at them, for a second opinion. He might order additional tests or scans.

Im really sorry that I cant give you more info, but the good news is, there is nothing specific on here- nothing to freak out about...but I do realize that sometimes NOT knowing is worse then knowing. Keep us posted...and I hope your symtoms start going away soon.
Nikki
[QUOTE=MSNik;4192576]Hi there. Sorry you are having these problems. Intesting that they sent you for a brain and Thoracic MRI and even more interesting that they didnt use contrast. Not being a doctor- I still question, what type of doctor sent you for this and why did they NOT use contrast? Im not seeing that they were ruling out MS here- the protocol wasnt specific enough. Apparently, they were looking for something else...any idea what?

The fact that your MRI says non-specific means they didnt find anything..your spine is normally aligned, meaning its not a spine issue that they can see. The brain MRI, which is what you asked about, appears to be normal-

Because we are all MSers here, we know what we see when they find MS lesions and things which point towards MS....your report isnt suggesting MS in any way...however, the fact that they didnt do it with contrast doesnt rule out anything. Also, many MS lesions show up in the cervical spine area. Which wasnt scanned....contrast, helps pick up tiny little lesions which dont, or cant, show up without it.

ON, is scary and often painful. Ive had it 3 times...in many cases, it is an indicator of MS; however my brother often gets ON and he is completely negative for MS- his is caused by something completely unrelated. There really isnt any way to know what brought your ON on, without more info...

Did a Neurologist order this? If so, he must have been looking for something not MS related....or he should have ordered the Cspine and the contrast....if it was a family doc who ordered it, you might want to take these results to a Neuro, along with your films or CD of pics, and have him look at them, for a second opinion. He might order additional tests or scans.

Im really sorry that I cant give you more info, but the good news is, there is nothing specific on here- nothing to freak out about...but I do realize that sometimes NOT knowing is worse then knowing. Keep us posted...and I hope your symtoms start going away soon.
Nikki[/QUOTE]
Thanks for your message. It was a neurologist that sent me for the MRI scan. The part that worry me is in the Interpretation which says Tiny nonspecific focus increased signal white matter of the left frontal lobe. This is of questionable significance.
I do not know why the nero did not do the contrast and I do not know what he was looking for but he did mention MS as I had ON and with having ON they have to rule out MS.





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