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TurtleGirl68
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   Posted 6/12/2007 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I ran this by a couple of you in the chat last night but I was wondering what those of you that weren't there thought so here goes.
 
I had the MRI of the brain, head and c-spine and the brain and had were normal but there was one non-specific lesion in the c-spine area.  The doc is trying to tell me that it's from migraine headaches, I don't get migraine headaches, never have. The only headache I have ever gotten is one behind my right eye and its a sharp pain when I move my eye. 
 
My question being has anyone heard of there being lesions on your spine due to a headache?
 
Thanks again for your answers, I appreciate it!

uppitycats
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   Posted 6/12/2007 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
TurtleGirl68 said...
I ran this by a couple of you in the chat last night but I was wondering what those of you that weren't there thought so here goes.
 
I had the MRI of the brain, head and c-spine and the brain and had were normal but there was one non-specific lesion in the c-spine area.  The doc is trying to tell me that it's from migraine headaches, I don't get migraine headaches, never have. The only headache I have ever gotten is one behind my right eye and its a sharp pain when I move my eye. 
 
My question being has anyone heard of there being lesions on your spine due to a headache?
 
Thanks again for your answers, I appreciate it!
Migraine headaches (and other things) can cause lesions to appear in various areas of the brain.  I'm not a doctor, but a headache that is specifically behind one eye and is a very sharp stabbing pain is a form of migraine, called a "cluster headache". If that is what you have (or had), it is a migraine, and could have caused a lesion.
 
MS lesions are in specific areas of the brain, usually. A "non-specific lesion in the c-spine area" means that there is a lesion there, but it is not in an area that generally one would look for, to diagnose MS..the "non-specific" phrase gives that away.  I don't know that a lesion in the cervical spine would come from a headache, though. 
 
Generally lesions in the c-spine cause specific damage to areas of the body below the lesion location. Like, if it is in the middle of the back, the legs and/or bowels and bladder might be affected.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


rhondab
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   Posted 6/12/2007 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey TurtleGirl

Wow...i haven't heard of a lesion in the spine from HEADaches?? Of course i'm not a doc...i wouldn't know...but that's a bit odd to me. I'd certainly be asking the doc to explain it to me a little more clearly...like how is it that a headache causes lesions in the SPINE. I'd love to hear that answer.
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Denda
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   Posted 6/13/2007 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi TurtleGirl -

I just did a quick google and found that brainstem lesions can be the caused by migraines. Was it a c-spine that showed the lesions? I'm pretty sure the c-spine covers the very end of the brain stem. Maybe that's what he is talking about?? I'm with Rhonda on this one, call the doc up and just ask for clarification. Good Luck!
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TurtleGirl68
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   Posted 6/13/2007 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Okay, I finally got the dr to fax me the report and there are actually two lesions and my bad...they are in the brain.  The first is a 2mm focus of hypersensitivity in the anterior limb of the right external capsule and the other is a 3mm focus of hypersensitivity in the anterior limb of the right external capsule.  Both say they are nonspecific but differential diagnoses could be multiple sclerosis and vasculitis. 

One thing that worries me is it says I have numerous lymph nodes enlarged in the cspine area, like there is a half a page of them!!!  Differential diagnoses for that says lymphoma or metastic disease!! I have an appt friday with my PCP so I will take this to him and see what he thinks.

Don't know if that helps any...he still swears it migraines so whatever, I'm not a dr so what do I know?  Sorry, just frustrated that he thinks it's all in my head...has to or he would take me seriously.


uppitycats
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   Posted 6/13/2007 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Just answered this in your other thread. I hope your PCP is helpful!
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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