I've had symptoms going back about 4 years -- neuralgia around the trunk following a bad experience with Levaquin started it, and after that dizziness, hot patches, cold patches, tingling in arms, twitching, stabbing and shooting pains in arms and legs (a lot down the left arm, a la heart attack, which would not be unusual in my family at my age, but following three cardiac work-ups, they're sure it's not cardiac). The MRI showed lesions in the brain (spinal cord was fine), but didn't light up the screen like an obvious case of MS might. Evoked potentials and the one with the needles and electrodes (can't remember the name!) were both fine, but spinal tap showed "inflammation." Some of my symptoms are fleeting, some recur every few weeks and last for days or weeks, some persist on and off for a month or so and then seem to go away. I've kind of lost touch with what is normal sensation (everyone gets little pains here and there), so I feel like I'm being a hypochondriac, although my husband is very concerned. That's why I was so surprised to hear the doctor say "I think we're going to end up with a diagnosis of MS," even though he wants to wait and get a follow-up MRI first. I'm fine with being conservative -- I had such a bad experience with Levaquin that I don't want to take any medicines unnecessarily. But I don't know what else inflammation in an MRI might show, except for cancer, which has never even been part of the discussion.
Thanks for helping!