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Twiggy2
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   Posted 3/24/2007 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
My MRI i had done on my brain for depression came up negative they said that everything grey matter and such was fine. I still have so much back pain and know my right leg hurts like i ran a marathon, i have scolosis and muscle spasms galore and bulging discs, my question is with all of these problems is it possible to be tested for MS directly from a spinal MRI or something if my brain didn;t show any lesions then i my understanding is that it;s not MS but if there is a spinal test done is it possible it will show something? Also i experince periodic numbness in different parts of my fingers and legs, gotta go for now Twiggy2

uppitycats
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   Posted 3/24/2007 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Twiggy2 said...
My MRI i had done on my brain for depression came up negative they said that everything grey matter and such was fine. I still have so much back pain and know my right leg hurts like i ran a marathon, i have scolosis and muscle spasms galore and bulging discs, my question is with all of these problems is it possible to be tested for MS directly from a spinal MRI or something if my brain didn;t show any lesions then i my understanding is that it;s not MS but if there is a spinal test done is it possible it will show something? Also i experince periodic numbness in different parts of my fingers and legs, gotta go for now Twiggy2
Usually a brain MRI is more often used to diagnose MS than a spinal MRI.  But certainly scoliosis and bulging discs can cause back and leg pain, as well as periodic numbness if nerves in the back are impinged, or have pressure on them.
 
There are folks with MS who have had MRI's that have not shown lesions, but your symptoms sound more "mechanical" in nature -- that is, pain caused by problems with your spine.  I'm sorry.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Twiggy2
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   Posted 3/26/2007 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks cats for the reply. I just feel frusturated most of the time because i have pain and have no real concrete diagnosis other than mutiple things going on in my back. I am healthy mostly other wise minus the pain. I am calling around to docs office today to see if results from my xray came back i think and ct or mri scan would be more better as it would show more. Anyway gotta go for now be back later Twiggy2

uppitycats
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   Posted 3/26/2007 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Twiggy2 said...
Thanks cats for the reply. I just feel frusturated most of the time because i have pain and have no real concrete diagnosis other than mutiple things going on in my back. I am healthy mostly other wise minus the pain. I am calling around to docs office today to see if results from my xray came back i think and ct or mri scan would be more better as it would show more. Anyway gotta go for now be back later Twiggy2
"mechanical" problems with the back are notoriously hard to diagnose...and even harder to treat. Sometimes meds will help, a lot of the time they won't. Same with surgergy -- sometimes it helps, a lot of the time it doesn't. You say you have no "concrete diagnosis" -- but in fact you do -- bulging discs, and scoliosis.  And indeed, back pain can be very debilitating. Seems like when your back hurts, EVERYTHING hurts.  A CT scan might show more soft-tissue damage, if any exists (which of course can lead to back pain.) I don't know if an MRI would be all that helpful, though.  I hope you find some relief soon.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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