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MS ruled out? Or maybe not?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 5, 2009
  • 06:23 AM

Two years ago I underwent a series of tests in an attempt to discover the cause of my numerous health problems, one of those tests was an MRI. MS along with other auto immune diseases like Lupus were among my list of possible suspects. When the results for my MRI returned as normal I was told this ruled out MS, which I was most relieved about. Now however in addition to my other symptoms that followed those of MS I have two more symptoms, sudden numbness in my hands/arms and feet/legs, and weakness in my hands. So I am wondering if an MRI, especially an outdated one, could completely rule out MS. Would the lesions have been there two years ago? Are there not always lesions present on a MS patient's MRI? I really need to rule this diagnosis out once and for all.

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  • Two years ago I underwent a series of tests in an attempt to discover the cause of my numerous health problems, one of those tests was an MRI. MS along with other auto immune diseases like Lupus were among my list of possible suspects. When the results for my MRI returned as normal I was told this ruled out MS, which I was most relieved about. Now however in addition to my other symptoms that followed those of MS I have two more symptoms, sudden numbness in my hands/arms and feet/legs, and weakness in my hands. So I am wondering if an MRI, especially an outdated one, could completely rule out MS. Would the lesions have been there two years ago? Are there not always lesions present on a MS patient's MRI? I really need to rule this diagnosis out once and for all. Thank you B12 deficiency mimics MS...you need to rule this out. A serum B12 test will give you a range of the B12 in your blood - it's not a very accurate test and you can have severe symptoms and have a "normal" range(which is usually between 200-1100). I suggest you post on the B12misdiagnosis thread and talk to the folks there. If you have had your B12 checked, make sure you know the exact number. If it is lower than 500 I would suspect a deficiency. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 25, 2009
    • 01:53 AM
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  • I have had my b12 levels checked many times along with thyroid and all the other typical blood tests. Today I actually got more blood drawn, my GP said she'd do a "full work up" that includes red blood cell count and lymphoma (at least I think she said there was a blood test for that but that may have been the biopsy she'd mentioned first).
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Two years ago I underwent a series of tests in an attempt to discover the cause of my numerous health problems, one of those tests was an MRI. MS along with other auto immune diseases like Lupus were among my list of possible suspects. When the results for my MRI returned as normal I was told this ruled out MS, which I was most relieved about. Now however in addition to my other symptoms that followed those of MS I have two more symptoms, sudden numbness in my hands/arms and feet/legs, and weakness in my hands. So I am wondering if an MRI, especially an outdated one, could completely rule out MS. Would the lesions have been there two years ago? Are there not always lesions present on a MS patient's MRI? I really need to rule this diagnosis out once and for all. Thank youI was just recently diagnosed with demyelinating disease. Currently, I am waiting on authorization for MRI to test for MS. However, I will tell you this...having a normal MRI does NOT rule out MS. I have a friend who has it and she told me that after THREE normal MRI's and these mystery symptoms (two years after they started), they finally did a spinal tap and checked her spinal fluid. That was where they found the MS. AFTER finding it there, they did another MRI and found three lesions that they never saw before. I would ask about getting a spinal tap to COMPLETELY rule out MS. Good luck to you, I hope you find what you are looking for.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 11, 2010
    • 02:29 AM
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