Hi, my name is Renee and I am new to this site/forum. I am 25 years old and was in a minor car accident in April; I was rear ended, resulting in whiplash (neck pain.)
After a couple of months of therapy, I was sent for an MRI of my cervical spine when the pain in my neck didn't go away; in addition to a bulging disc, I was told that there was an area of demylination (sorry if I butchered the spelling) and that I needed to get another MRI with contrast. Upon doing this, I was told that there was a "possible inactive lesion" and that it looked like "possible inactive MS." My mother has MS; she has had it since she was 18 years old but was misdiagno
sed with a vitamin b12 deficiency and has only actually known she has the disease for the last 10 years or so. She has good and bad days but has a lot of trouble with her gait and the humidity and heat make things unbearable for her.
I met with a neurologist yesterday (my mother accompanied me), who explained that because my mother has MS I am 10X more likely than the average person to develop it. She said the lesion did look like MS, but told me that she thought I was worrying too much and that she doesn't think I have it. After all, her explanation was that I am very active and not symptomatic (last year when I first started running regularly I had a very uncomfortable numbness/tingling sensation in both feet that lasted 2-3 days. My primary doctor sent me for an MRI of my lower spine just to rule out MS because of my family history and that came back normal.) I am a runner and my mother has a very hard time walking, especially with heat/humidity.
She kept comparing me to my mother, which confused me...whether or not it turns out that I have MS, doesn't it effect everyone differently? Aren't there all different types and stages? She is sending me for 2 more MRIs (brain and thorasic spine, again sorry for spelling), blood work, an optic test of some sort, and...the lumbar puncture (pretty nervous about
I have always been very active within the MS community, raising money for the MS Walk in honor of my mother and all that she goes through with this disease and will be doing the Philadelphia Half Marathon (I Run to Stop MS) this November. I can't help but feel like this is too crazy to be true. I am wondering whether this is all a psychological game I am playing on myself, convincing myself that I have it...but I didn't make up a lesion so I don't know what to think.
Post Edited (Nay91400) : 8/11/2011 2:57:44 PM (GMT-6)