What does my MRI mean?

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   Posted 5/17/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
The docotr told me it was normal but then sends me to a specialist. the referral says they found scattered punctate nonspecific foci within subcortical white matter. i don't know what it means. they must be trying to baby me because i have a mental health diagnosis. it is freaking me out cuz they aren't telling me what is happening to me. but perhaps this punctate stuff is normal. i don't know. but when a doctor calls to give you the results of a urine test you never took, you know somethings wrong. i don't get it. just scared. maybe someone here knows. I tried to gooogle an answer, but was unsuccessful. have an appointment in 3 months with neurologist. my doctor puts in writing to call and get no their cancellation list so i can get in asap. why? why not make me wait like they always have? what are they not telling me? im sorry if im freaking out too much, and maybe over nothing. if anyone knows what this means maybe you can help. but my headaches are very severe.nothing seems to touch them anymore. oh well.

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   Posted 5/17/2009 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
It appears as you may have a few lesions.  The non-specific means that they cannot tell what has caused those lesions.  Lesions can be caused by many things.  They can be caused by migraines, infection, lyme disease, MS and more.  Unfortunately you will have to wait until that neuro appointment.  The neuro will be able to check certain reflexes and responses that may indicate a cause to those lesions.  I am assuming you have migraines with the mention of severe headaches.  If that is the case, then you could indeed have a normal MRI; normal for someone with migraines.  Again, migraines can cause lesions.  Obviously I am not a doctor and I can't diagnose you.
I am sorry you are so worried about this.  It is scary to have this hanging over your head.  Good luck.
Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.

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