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I'm not sure what to make of this, but my doctor ordered an MRI of the brain because I was having dizzy sensations, concentration problems, and constant headaches, which I believe are tension headaches. She called me the day after the MRI to tell me that there are several tiny non-specific spots in my brain and I needed to make an appointment with a neurologist. She didn't say how many spots there are, and she didn't say what the problem could be. This was about 5 weeks ago and it takes 7-8 weeks to get in to see a neurologist, so my appt. is July 9th. I requested a copy of my MRI report from my doctor's office 4 weeks ago, but they still haven't sent it to me. I've left messages on their voice mail to no avail. From what I've read on the internet, these spots could be caused by MS, ischemia, migraines, or cancer spread to the brain. I've never had a migraine, and haven't read anything about tension headaches causing these spots. I'm 48 years old, so I would think I'm too young for ischemia in the brain. So, I started researching MS and tried to think of whether I've had any MS symptoms.

Six years ago, I had tension headaches for 3 years. My left arm felt very heavy, and I had off-balance feelings. My doctor said it was a chemical imbalance in my brain and put me on Celexa for 18 months. The symptoms resolved after a few months.

Three years ago, I experienced nerve pain in my chest when exhaling deeply, and would also feel nerve pain in my pinkie and ring finger on my left hand at the same time. Later on, my hands would get cold and hurt, as if I had been outside in freezing weather and come inside. I would run hot water over my hands several times a day to warm them. My hands would occasionally tingle. This went on for about 7 - 8 months.

A couple of years ago, I had pain deep in the upper part of my right arm for about 6 months. It hurt to even lift my arm to turn off my alarm clock. The doctor could find nothing wrong, and I felt like a hypochondriac. The pain disappeared on its own after 6 months. About the same time, I was having pain in my eye socket, like a muscle pain when moving my eye. The eye doctor did every test he could think of and found no problem. This pain lasted for about 3 months and went away.

Last summer, I experienced a dark shadowy area in the bottom of my field of vision, but it only lasted for about 4 hours one evening.

Now, occasionally I feel a buzzing sensation in various parts of my body, but it only happens once or twice a week and the buzz lasts for about 1 second. It feels as if my cell phone is on vibrate, and is next to my skin. My right leg "jumps" a few times after I go to bed at night, and before I fall asleep.

I know I have some moderate cervical stenosis, to which I've attributed some of these symptoms, but now with these "tiny non-specific spots" on my brain, I'm beginning to wonder (and worry). My doctor has put me on Celexa for my tension headaches and dizziness and after 5 weeks, the headaches have reduced from 7 days a week to 3-4 days a week.

Does anyone have any ideas about these symptoms and spots on my brain?

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