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Strange MRI results

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  • Posted By: rodnsue
  • January 19, 2011
  • 11:19 PM

Hi all,
PLEASE READ...I will try to keep it as short and concise as possible.

OK....first off a little background.
I'm 48 years old, male, have hypertension (high blood pressure), a bulged L3-L4 disc, depression, balance problems, blurred vision (vertical astigmatism), tinnitus, and trouble sleeping.

I take the following meds...
Lortab 7.5mg x3 a day
Toprol 100mg x1 a day
Zestril 40mg x1 a day
Xanax 1mg x2 a day
Ambian (when I HAVE to sleep)

My balance has been slowly getting worse for the past 10 years or so.
I was diagnosed with clinical depression 5-6 years ago.
I had an MRI to check for a brain tumor in 2001 and a 4mm pituitary tumor was diagnosed. I was supposed to have a follow up MRI the next year but didn't.
Due to my balance getting progressively worse, I did have another MRI done in 2008 but there was no mention of the tumor found in 2001.
They did compare the 2001 & 2008 MRI's and said the balance center of my brain has atrophied (shrunk).
My MD said it could be hereditary but also could have been caused by an unknown stroke in the past, although strokes in this part of the brain are unusual.

OK..now to the weirdness....
I had another MRI on Jan 17, 2011 (Monday) with contrast. This MRI was for head and cervical(neck).
About 20 minutes after the proceedure, I noticed my balance had dramatically improved!
The improvement lasted most of the day, but by night time I could tell it was getting worse again.
Even today (Jan 19th), it is a BIT better but is certainly worse than right after the MRI.
I was so excited with the change that I even called my neurologist to report the change.
The nurse was baffled as well but said she would tell the doctor. She did comment that it could have been from some kind of increased blood flow in my brain.

Does ANYONE have any ideas that I can research?? I would **LOVE** to know why a diagnostic test would cause such an improvement.

The only things I can think of are...
1. Loud low frequency noise of the MRI
2. Some kind of side effect of the contrast they used.
3. Magnetism (I'm doubtful of this being a cause)
4. Weird coincidence (also doubtful)

Any help would be very much appreciated!

Rod

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  • I'm not sure in your situation, but had a similar experience with an brain MRI/angioplasty with contrast. Have had daily headaches for years and am currently undergoing neurological testing (I have a sixth nerve palsy in my eye). After the MRI, my headaches were gone for about 6 months (recently started back). I couldn't explain it and still can't. Wonder if the contrast had something to do with the them ceasing?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 25, 2011
    • 07:30 PM
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  • So the MRI cured your pain?
    sarahhill033 10 Replies
    • February 8, 2011
    • 05:36 PM
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  • So the MRI cured your pain? Unfortunately no. The back pain was not affected. The only thing it affected was my balance problem.The balance problem returned by the end of the day and has neverimproved again since that day.I know it's strange but the MRI was the only thing done to me that day andsomething about it helped for most of that day. I am leaning toward something about the contrast improving blood flow to my brain?? I just don't know what caused the short lived improvement, but it sure was nice for a day.Any ideas would be appreciated so I can discuss them with my neurologist on the 11th. Thanks,Rod
    rodnsue 3 Replies
    • February 8, 2011
    • 09:36 PM
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  • Thanks for the reply. I'm still unsure what caused my short lived improvement but I am beginning to consider the magnetic field and/orthe RF field generated by the MRI as a cause.The reason I am considering this is 2-fold.... 1- Harvard university researchers have noticed an improvement indepressed people following an MRI.http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/2004/01.22/01-depression.html 2- Both my neuroligist and family doctor were more inclined to believethe magnetic field over the other possibilities as being responsible. The Neurologist said the brain tissue slightly raises in temperature and that could be the reason. If I can find a way to expose myself to a comparable magnetic field, I'm gonna do it.The magnetic field of most MRI's is about 5000-10000 gauss but I'm still researching to determine if that is a surface measurement or the gauss that would be inside my head.If it's a surface measurement, then I should be able to approximate it. It's worth a try for me. If I don't find a way to feel better, I will end up eating a bullet. (Not kidding) Rod I'm not sure in your situation, but had a similar experience with an brain MRI/angioplasty with contrast. Have had daily headaches for years and am currently undergoing neurological testing (I have a sixth nerve palsy in my eye). After the MRI, my headaches were gone for about 6 months (recently started back). I couldn't explain it and still can't. Wonder if the contrast had something to do with the them ceasing?
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  • I found this page because I wanted to see if anyone else had the experience I had. I had been experiencing excruiating headaches for a few months, daily and in evening. I had an MRI and from that day forward have not had a headache. Theres no way that is coincidental imo. I did not have contrast btw. I am disappointed to hear that the headaches have returned. Have you considered wearing one of those magnetic bracelets? Wondering...facinating! Science needs to get on this!
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