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Debbie Downer
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   Posted 5/19/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
My PCP wants to test me for possible MS. I was wondering if the MRI should be with contrast or without because she didn't write it on the paper and the lady who scheduled it decided that it must be without. Would an MRI without contrast show what my DR would need to see if I did have MS? I'm a little nervous. My grandma died of ALS when I was 10. I don't know much about the genetics of the disease. I had heard it was hereditary. Anyway, I've read a little about MS. I was hoping someone could tell me some of their symptoms before they were diagnosed. I have had some blood work done and everything is coming up negative except for my ANA. I have short term memory loss, slow to recall words, Fatigue, joint pain, muscle pain (especially in the neck), heat intolerance, rashes, headaches (mostly in the back of the head), dizziness, mouth sores, depression, bruise easily. I also don't tolerate alcohol well. MY PCP thought Lupus at first, but says that because my other blood tests were negative that it wasn't Lupus. I will be seeing a Rheumatologist soon. The MRI is next week though. Should it be with contrast or without? I don't want to have to repeat it later down the road if it should of been with and the scheduling lady was too busy to check with my dr. MRI's are expensive even after insurance.

I have had a Cat Scan recently and it was normal.

Oh, and I don't know what jumping eyes is, but sometimes I find hard to fall asleep because I feel like my eyes are still open even though are closed and they are moving. It's hard to describe. I've laid in bed for hours like that before and wasn't able to fall asleep.

Post Edited (Jenna29) : 5/19/2009 2:04:25 PM (GMT-6)


momtothree
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   Posted 5/19/2009 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Jenna29, I would like to know the answer to this as well.  I had an MRI today without contrast.  I see the doctor for the results on Friday.

Gretchen1
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   Posted 5/19/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
You do not need contrast to show lesions.  The contrast is a wicked dye that is able to cross the blood/brain barrier to show if a lesion is currently active. I no longer do dye.  My doctor and I have decided to go on clinical symptoms for that.  If you have brain lesions indicatvive of MS, they will show up without contrast.  By the way CT scans don't tend to show lesions.  During the diagnostic process, I had a clear CT scan and then had an MRI that showed lesions the next day.
 
Jenna, your symptoms don't scream MS to me.  Then again, I am not a doctor.  Rashes, bruising easily and mouth sores are all issues not associated with MS.  I do hope you are feeling better soon.  Keep us posted.
Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.


wake_up_in_the_rain
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   Posted 5/19/2009 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
i had several MRI scans and ever time it was with and without...i have had them on my brain neck and spine some of my lesions wouldn't be able to be seen without the contrast but as time has gone on you can now see it without...

Debbie Downer
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   Posted 5/19/2009 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Gretchen! :-)

I don't think it is MS either. But, I think I will do an MRI anyway just in case and for peace of mind. Each negative brings me that much closer to what the true ailment is. I appreciate your thoughts.

Gretchen1
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   Posted 5/19/2009 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
You are absolutely right, Jenna.  You have to just keep adding pieces to the puzzle and soon you will gain the full picture.  I wish you the best of luck.  You are always welcome here whatever your diagnosis is.
Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.


Hara
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   Posted 5/20/2009 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
You just tell your doctor what you need and if he or she says 'No'or asks you 'Why'... You just tell em because I said so and it's my body.
 
Hara
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