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!