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centralnjgal
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   Posted 3/11/2007 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Desparate for some answers.
Is it possible to trigger MS from a high fever, especially if you have had Lymes Disease in your past.
I've had symptoms for about 6 weeks now. My brain MRI showed nothing, but haven't gone for a c-spine MRI..What's the difference between the two?
 
Also, I've had constant nausea, lack of appetite.. Is that a symptom of MS?
 
 

uppitycats
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   Posted 3/11/2007 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
centralnjgal said...
Desparate for some answers.
Is it possible to trigger MS from a high fever, especially if you have had Lymes Disease in your past.
I've had symptoms for about 6 weeks now. My brain MRI showed nothing, but haven't gone for a c-spine MRI..What's the difference between the two?
 
Also, I've had constant nausea, lack of appetite.. Is that a symptom of MS?
 
 
Have you actually been diagnosed with MS...or are you just guessing?  With a clear history of Lyme disease, and knowing that Lyme infections can go into remission and then spring up again, seems very reasonable that you need to go back to your Lyme doctor and report your symptoms.
A brain MRI is...well...an MRI of the BRAIN.  A c-spine MRI is an MRI of the neck and spine. Two distinct areas of your body where MS lesions might show up.  So while the tchnology is the same -- an MRI -- they're looking at two different areas of the body.  With a negative brain MRI, a c-spine MRI is likely to be negative for MS, but might show up other disorders of the spine, if any occur.  But again, given your history of having Lyme, that should be what you go to get checked for, first.
While some folks with MS deal with nausea and lack of appetite, there are a whole host of diseases and disorders, including the common cold and flu, that can cause those. They are not specific to MS.
 

...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


centralnjgal
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   Posted 3/11/2007 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you SO much for your reply. I was diagnosed with Lymes about 12 years ago. That's why it's hard to grasp that I would have a relapse much later in life especially when my symptoms are a little different. In my last e-mail I pointed out the "unusual symptoms" that some MS patients may not get. But, I do have the slight numbness in one foot and arm, and cognitively, I am very messed up ( short term memory, thinking, cognitively). I was trying to see if anyone out there maybe had lymes and then years later had a high fever from a bug that could have triggered MS.. My symptoms do fit..I will be going to a neurologist this Friday. Can't get there soon enough. I heard you can have a negative MRI but still have MS... I also read you can have brain tissue degeneration and not lesions that could present with MS. If anyone has experienced that, please let me know.

Pearlscale
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   Posted 3/11/2007 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   

Centralnjgal

I had lyme disease 20 yrs ago.  Tested positive but wasn't treated long enough.  Though I thought I was. 

Maybe 5 yrs later I started having weird symptoms that didn't fit FM but was diagnosed with it.  (they were more like MS symptoms) 

Then 5 yrs ago was sent to neurologist for double vision and pretty bad headaches (the pins and needles from 15 yrs ago still continued.)  My head MRI showed lesions.  He wanted to say MS but said wait and see what happened.  

Then not quite 2 yrs ago I was advised by a friend who had lyme to see a lyme specialist.  Lyme Dr retested and found I was also co-infected with Babesia and Bartonella.  The lyme was active and had years to spread (which it did).   Nine months into treatment I broke out in a bullseye which indicated active lyme (even by CDC standards) 

Right before I saw the lyme dr I started having severe tremors.  They continued on and off for the past 2 yrs.  My PCP saw the last onset of tremors and how they affected me.  (couldn't walk, problems with speech, co-ordination) and she told me I needed to a neurologist again. 

So I went back to the same practice but wasn't able to see the same dr from 2002 (last time I saw him.)  The Dr I saw reviewed my file and the notes from before, saw a spect scan report from a yr and 1/2 ago.  Plus he saw my symptoms which had continued for over a week when I saw him.  He diagnosed me this past week with demylinating disease of cns from lyme disease. 

MS is a demylinating disease but in my case I know what causes it but we haven't been able to kill the bacteria or babesia parasites.  And the neuro wasn't sure if my demylinating disease was from live bacteria or the dead bacteria that keeps circulating in your cns for years.  (If it ever gets out) 

He is setting up an appt for another MRI but it has to have pre-authorization and that can take 2 wks I was told. 

I am having problems with my liver so we are not able to do much in the way of treatment for any of my problems.  I am on diamox, neurotin 600 mg, and baclofen for the tremors.  Yesterday my tremors and headache was better, today they are not. 

When I look at the MS symptoms, I realize I have most of them.

Please see a lyme dr but also realize that demylinating disease can occur from a bacteria such as lyme.

Prayers...Marsha       

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