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MRI alternatives?

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  • Posted By: lisa4kids
  • April 16, 2007
  • 05:54 PM

I went to have an MRI today to rule out MS. I had one back in 2001, but didn't realize it was an open one, vs. today's MRI which was not. I also was not given any information about what was entailed at today's visit, including injecting dye into my veins or the fact that it was going to take over an hour. I thought I could probably deal with it, even though I am slightly claustrophobic, and I told the Dr's office this but they did not give me anything for my nerves. About 30 seconds into being slid into the machine, I could feel my own breath on my face, and it felt as though a thousand lb weight was bearing down on my chest. I knew there was no way I would be able to continue, so we ended it right there. I have done some searching and there doesn't appear to be an open MRI place nearby, but I will call my Dr to find out for sure. Are there any other alternatives for getting diagnosed? Are CT scans that inferior? The neurologist didn't say one way or another what his thoughts were based on my symptoms, other than to get the MRI to see what it showed.

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  • You could ask for a CT and see if that shows anything abnormal, but it may also involve contrast and quite frankly, isn't used in diagnosing MS. A spinal tap can also be performed, but there is a risk of things like blindness and paralysis associated with this so you should ONLY get one as a last resort. If you are having trouble tolerating the MRI, ask to be sedated for the duration. It's often used with children because they are too fidgety or for people who are claustrophobic.
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  • You could ask for a CT and see if that shows anything abnormal, but it may also involve contrast and quite frankly, isn't used in diagnosing MS. A spinal tap can also be performed, but there is a risk of things like blindness and paralysis associated with this so you should ONLY get one as a last resort. If you are having trouble tolerating the MRI, ask to be sedated for the duration. It's often used with children because they are too fidgety or for people who are claustrophobic.Hi there,I have been suffering with loss of feeling in my foot, my arm gets very heavy pins and needles in most of my limbs and now my eye sight is affected, i went for an eye test as i have always had very good vision & there were no problems however i find it hard to focus on things. i have very sensative skin also, if i bump myself its like i have been hit with a bat and it really hurts.i have been to my doc who referred me to the orthapaedic assesment unit who have asked me to come back an see a neurolagist that was 3 weeks ago im still waiting for my appointment. my partner said he is worried it could be ms, what do you think? and can i ask what is the difference between the two kind of mri scan's that everyone is talking about, do you know?thanks x
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  • While MRI's are widely accepted a as standard tool concerning the unfortunate diagnosis of MS, this widely accepted concept is far too conservative and dangerous, as MRI's do not reveal the earlier stages of this particular malady. As for your concerns about the contrast used for MRI exams opposed to CAT, the contrast used for MRI's is generally regarded as safer (perhaps later evidence will prove otherwise), as the levels of iodine used in the contrast for CAT scans may tax and damage the kidneys. Regardless, MRI's are utilized so frequently these days any questions concerning their potential adverse effects is valid. Not ruling out the proficency of the radiologist interpreting them. As always I will pose the question most vital in my participation within this forum...have you ever experienced Whiplash? Evidential research has connected MS along with other neurological disorders to an incident which can be related back to prior whiplash injuries. Did your MRI's reveal any protusions, misalignments, or deviations of your vertebral column, as far as you know? At any rate, Good Luck. I wish the very best, Tingly
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  • While MRI's are widely accepted a as standard tool concerning the unfortunate diagnosis of MS, this widely accepted concept is far too conservative and dangerous, as MRI's do not reveal the earlier stages of this particular malady. As for your concerns about the contrast used for MRI exams opposed to CAT, the contrast used for MRI's is generally regarded as safer (perhaps later evidence will prove otherwise), as the levels of iodine used in the contrast for CAT scans may tax and damage the kidneys. Regardless, MRI's are utilized so frequently these days any questions concerning their potential adverse effects is valid. Not ruling out the proficency of the radiologist or anyone else interpreting them. As always I will pose the question most vital in my participation within this forum...have you ever experienced Whiplash? Evidential research has connected MS along with other neurological disorders to an incident which can be related back to prior whiplash injuries. Did your MRI's reveal any protusions, misalignments, or deviations of your vertebral column, as far as you know? At any rate, Good Luck. I wish the very best. Miracles still happen, Tingly
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