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   Posted 7/12/2010 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had chronic Lyme disease since 2006, but have been having other symptoms that are concerning my neurologist - like heat intolerance, lightheadness, muscle weakness in legs, numbness/tingly feeling in feet (sometimes hands), getting this horrible pain around my chest area that takes my breath away, fatigue, horrible headaches, etc. I had an EEG that was fine. I have EXTREME anxiety so when they sent for the MRI with sedation I was hoping they would put me out - they just gave something to "calm me" - it wasn't enough - so as soon as they put me in that tube I freaked! I was told there are places that do the general anesthesia but I don't know if I will be able to convince my doctor I need to go and have that done.

I was just wondering if anyone here has had to have that done?


P.S. My father has MS and he is really pushing for me to have all the tests done and see a MS specialist b/c he says it sounds so much like MS so I really want to get the test done so I know for sure what I have and if it is just my Lyme flaring back up - it just feels different this time.

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   Posted 7/12/2010 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Leah,

I have chronic neurological Lyme and have had several MRI's and a lumbar puncture this past year. There are new open MRI machines that aren't as scary as the older machines. You might want to see if there are any available in your area. I have severe neuropathy and my neurologist has been testing me for MS as I have many of the same symptoms that you describe. My lumbar puncture did indicate possible MS, however my MRI's have been clear. I'm still actively treating for Lyme but follow-up regularly with my Neurologist.

Peace and Healing
Lyme Disease - Doxycyline, IV-Rocephin, Amoxicillin, Azithromycin, Ceftin.

Post Edited (betterhealth) : 7/12/2010 6:41:53 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/12/2010 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Do look into the open MRIs.  Google it and you will know what it looks like.  Sometimes it helps to be able to anticipate what you will experience.  I have never heard of being under general anesthesia for an MRI.  I am sure you are not alone in your reaction to an MRI.  My mother-in-law refuses MRIs for the same reason.  Good luck.  I am glad your father is pushing for testing.  I agree with him especially on the MS specialist. 
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.

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