Do I also need an MRI of spine for a diagnosis of MS?

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   Posted 5/1/2010 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, When I had my fisrt appt with Neuro, he suggested an MRI of brain, so I then asked him if he was doing one of my spine, he said no, "everything eventually leads to the brain".
I felt kind of confused. My MRI was done with  and without contrast so that was one good thing.
What do you all think? If my brain MRI is clear, should I request an MRI of spine?
Thanks, I apreciate all your answers,they are so helpful
(gosh, I use to be a good speller, I find my self correcting so many mistakes) sorry
Have a good day!

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   Posted 5/1/2010 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes.  You also need to be seeing an MS specialist even for the diagnostic process.  I have heard so many stories of others that couldn't get diagnosed until they say an MS specialist.  I was "lucky".....a general neuro gave me my initial and it was an MS specialist that gave me my second. 
Other tests you may want to ask for would be; evoked potentials, full blood work to rule out other stuff, and a lumbar puncture. 
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.

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   Posted 5/16/2010 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
A Mri is standard in diagnosis of MS and then the spinal tap if needed or the other way around. a mri of the spine is not needed for a MS diagnosis and if the brain shows no leasions you will have a hard time getting the dr to order any other scans .I am not sure of your symptoms. Your symptoms may not turn out to be MS then a spinal mri might be just the thing. Good luck with your search.
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