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Re: Brain MRI
Jan 15, 2012
Hello there. Wow, you are going thru some stuff right now, arent you?!
First of all, whoever you told that you have white dots on your MRI should be fired and you should run far and fast away from this person. Thats not only unprofessional, but its questionable as to why someone would say that to you.

Lets back up. MS lesions- are scars, where the body (autoimmune disease) attacks the myelin sheath (the protective coating of the nerves) and leaves scars. These appear to be white dots on a MRI. HOWEVER, EVERYONE has white dots on their MRI. The size, shape and placement of these dots can determine if they are scars from migranes (very common), scars from previous infections (also common) or MS related lesions. A good radiologist or Neurologist can tell the difference by simply looking at them. Now, Im also in your age range....and it IS true that as we hit 40, everyone gets some demylination in their brain. This also appears as white spots. So for someone to say to you that you have allot of white spots is the most horrible thing Ive heard this week....its inconclusive and obviously upsetting you. And Id be furious with whomever said it to you.

The next step is to get a copy of your report from the MRI. Getting the films is also important, but YOU shouldnt look at them. 95% of all white spots on your films are supposed to be there....its the 5% that doctors go to school for 9 years to figure out. ok? However, in the report will be an impression, if you could tell us what that said, we could tell you if the doctor who wrote it was thinking demylination, or MS......we arent doctors, but those of us who have MS are familiar with what a MS report looks like.

The issues you described, from the tingling to the neuropathy, are ALL symtoms of neck problems...and you have had enough fusion and surgery that its not surprising that you are having these symtoms. I wouldnt jump and say that these are MS symtoms; although if you looked up common MS symtoms, you would find numbness and tingling on the list....in your case, its probably from the neck.
The fact that you are borderline diabetic is also seriously important in this case- especially if you are under the care of a podiatrist- you want him to be sure that the diabetic symtoms arent the root cause of your feet issues!

I dont think you have a single thing to worry about with regard to MS- everyone of your symtoms adds up to the surgery you have had and the cervical issues you already know about....as for white lesions- if YOUR doctor who ordered the MRI cant interpret this for you to your liking, go make an appointment with a neurologist and have him look at both the films and the report and explain it to you.....but Id have a serious talk with whoever told you "lots of white spots" and tell them you didnt appreciate being scared to death. And, remember, stay off the INternet. Looking up your symptoms is going to open up a whole HUGE can of worms which will only make you more nervous....wait and talk to your doctor.
And try to relax. Im guessing you arent going to hear anything that you dont know already.
nikki





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