Had several myself. Looking for blood clots and swelling mostly. Oiginally for MS lesions. Nothing ever found, but basal artery insufficiency has been suspected. They did the MRI first and then the MRA. I gather they should keep watch with you with both the MRI and MRA. Do hematomas come and go? I had one in my liver that recently dissappeared. Didn't know it could do that. My blood clots were mainly in my eyes and never showed up on the MRI or MRA, but the doctors could see them upon exam. No cause was ever found. They check for CNS Lupus with the blood work. I think the LA and APS may have some bearing. Also the IgG and IgM they were looking for. They never checked my head or spine for it. Neuropsychiatric testing showed organic brain damage of unknown origin (front left hemisphere). I don't think the MRI can prove or disprove Lupus, just some diseases caused by it.
Sorry that you have also been hit hard by this. I was wondering whether or not there were others with multiple system involvement. Guess so. Do the medicines your taking work well for you? They have been suggested to me at one point or another but haven't been able to get on any. (Coumadin wasn't recommended though). Was wondering which ones I should push/fight for. When you are getting pounded all the time it is hard to know which way is up and where you should concentrate your energy. Hope to talk to you again soon - Kristin
Dx: Lupus CNS 11/2005; Current - kidney disease, enlarged heart, MVP/regurg, dementia; GERD; vision loss, narcolepsy, rheumatic arthritis, IBS, ovarian cysts, raynauds, EBV/CFS, inflam. liver/spleen. Rx: Atenolol, Aricept, Flexeril, Motrin Previous-rashes, hemi-pelagic migraine, sensory loss, amnesia, PTSD/Dep., host of neuro problems, pregnancy compl., False pos. syphilis, fine speck & homogen ANA; IgM; staph/strept infections, colonitis, pancreaitis, gastritis, costochondritis, pericarditis, Hashimoto's, dyspnea, hyper/hypotension, lipedemia, ulcers, pneumonia, anemia, Scleroderma symptoms, vein swelling, etc.