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I posted here a couple days ago. I saw my rheumatologist yesterday. I don't have a diagnosed autoimmune disease but I do have an elevated ANA. It is not terribly high, but not normal either. I also have raynauds and have had several bouts of hand and foot pain that left me hobbled for several weeks over the last five years. She is monitoring my antibodies and symptoms to see if anything develops. I really like the rheumatologist because she is incredibly deliberate and thoughtful about explaining everything.

She did a very thorough exam yesterday and expressed alarm at my symptoms. She got on the phone with the neurologist who I do not see until Monday. She said that while this could be disc/ spine, she thought the recent onset of facial numbness combined with the current foot and hand numbness and the previous periods of foot and hand pain, was worrisome. She said, "I don't want to alarm you, but this looks a lot like MS to me". She said my current symptoms are not much like central nervous system lupus, but anything can happen and we will know more after the labs come back.

After getting off the phone with the neuro, she ordered a brain MRI with contrast so we would have it for my appointment Monday. She said they would likely want to do a spinal tap on Monday.

My newbie questions of the day:

1. If I get a clear MRI tomorrow, does that mean that symptoms are coming from something else other than MS? I have had a recent cervical MRI for my herniated discs and there is no mention in the report of lesions.
2. Is there any relationship between antibodies like ANA and MS?
3. Have any of you felt like you had ice flowing down your calves into your feet. That is just my latest weird sensory issue. It is deeply weird.
4. Is it normal to be a bit scared of the brain MRI? I am scared they are going to find a tumor or something. I think all of this is starting to get to me. : )


Thanks!
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1. If I get a clear MRI tomorrow, does that mean that symptoms are coming from something else other than MS? I have had a recent cervical MRI for my herniated discs and there is no mention in the report of lesions.
2. Is there any relationship between antibodies like ANA and MS?
3. Have any of you felt like you had ice flowing down your calves into your feet. That is just my latest weird sensory issue. It is deeply weird.
4. Is it normal to be a bit scared of the brain MRI? I am scared they are going to find a tumor or something. I think all of this is starting to get to me. : )
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1. The question is best answered with a maybe. It depends on who is reading the MRI, what type of MRI was used, did they use and contrasting dye..... Personally, I think that is you have current symptoms presenting, the contrasting dye will light up the active lesions.
2. Not that I am aware. When they take CS Fluid there can be o-bands indicating a neurogenic concern, BUT it is not a stand alone MS test and is only positive for 85% of MSers who choose to have the LP.
3. Never an icy sensation, but if you do have MS, this could be your symptom. I have had stabbing pain and burning sensations, and complete numbness.
4. The brain MRI is less of a problem than a CT scan. You lie down and the put a restraint around your head and neck in order to get a clear image (they do not want you to move). You are slid in the "tunnel" and the "beating sound" begins. Frankly, I have always fallen asleep inside the tunnel because the monotonous sound puts me out. You can ask to be sedated if you wish. I understand some of the newer machines have goggles which allow you to watch a movie, etc. As long as the see you have a brain, you will be ok! I know it is always good when I can see that I have a brain! ;)

A tumor would be visible with the CT Scan. The MRI is looking at your CNS for any abnormalities.

Stay calm! You can do this. :angel:





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