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Hey everyone! It's been awhile since I last posted anything. Hope everyone is doing OK during this holiday season. ;)

I had a few questions in mind that I wanted to ask. First of all, I had a MRI of the brain last spring. I also had a EEG. Both came back normal. My question is: Is it possible to have lesions in the neck or even spine even though my brain MRI came back normal. I think I already know the answer to that question, but just want some reassurance. My doctor ordered me a brain MRI and an EEG. After both came back fine, he assured me that I don't have MS. I'm trying to understand how he came up with that conclusion without ordering an MRI of the neck or spine. I have a long family history of MS in the family and have a huge list of symptoms that lead me to believe that I probably have MS.

My symptom list includes the following:

Eye pain (optical nerve pain)
Abnormal pupil responses [COLOR="Red"]*Was tested using a flash light in a dark room by Dr.[/COLOR]
Dysarthria (slurred speech)
Muscle cramps
Myoclonus, Myokymia (jerking & twitching of muscles) [COLOR="Red"]*My main issue![/COLOR]
Restless leg syndrome
Paraesthesia (partial numbness, tingling, buzzing or vibration sensations)
Neuralgia, Neuropathic and Neurogenic pain [COLOR="Red"]*In the back of my neck! Very painful!!![/COLOR]
Trigeminal Neuralgia (facial pain)
Vestibular Ataxia (abnormal balance function in the inner ear) [COLOR="Red"]*Big problem![/COLOR]
Vertigo[COLOR="Red"]*Mild vertigo at times.[/COLOR]
Speech Ataxia (Problems coordinating speech, stuttering) [COLOR="Red"]*I have my off days![/COLOR]
Sexual problems
Depression, mood swings, bipolar syndrome, Anxiety *A huge problem in my family!
Cognitive dysfunction (Short-term and long-term memory problems, forgetfulness, slow word recall) [COLOR="Red"]*I have my off days as well![/COLOR]
Fatigue [COLOR="Red"]*A big problem as well![/COLOR]
Headaches, Migraines [COLOR="Red"]*All the time/daily headaches. [/COLOR]
Pins & needles sensation [COLOR="Red"]*In different regions of body, but only lasting a second or two.[/COLOR]

And this is only to name a few! My mother has MS, my mother's sister (my aunt), & my mothers two uncles (my great uncles) have/had MS. My two uncles are no longer living. One of which ended his life in September of this year (RIP) due to his MS & suffering. As you can see there is a family history of MS & I have more than my share of symptoms. I am young (25 years old), but am not dumb. I know I have something, but haven't been confirmed by the doctors yet. More than likely it will be confirmed in about 5-10 years when my symptoms get worse.

Anyways, if you have any advice, I'm all ears! I can use some reassurance right now in my life. Thanks for taking the time to read my post & I wish you as well as your families a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! ;)

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