New here, need help about gadolinium?

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   Posted 9/30/2015 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a MRI last year that showed a few lesions in my brain. Now that I've seen a neurologist he wants another one with the contrast agent gadolinium. I'm terrified because I'm extra sensitive to EVERYTHING, any medications or even supplements. Is there a risk of side effects, if so what was your reaction?

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   Posted 9/30/2015 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Some people develop nephrogenic systemic fibrosis when using gadolinium. Google side effects of Gadolinium and see if you are willing to take the risk.

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   Posted 9/30/2015 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Char,

Have you had recent blood work to check kidney function? If not please do so. If your Kidney function is fine you shouldn't have a problem.

The dye (contrast) used is flushed out through the Kidneys. I recommend drinking water before your appointment (not too much for obvious reasons :-) ). After your MRI drink plenty of water and the Gadolinium will be out of your system the first or second time you pee.

The only problem I have had is if I don't drink a lot of water afterwards the Gadolinium irritates my bladder.

Best wishes on your up coming MRI.
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1985

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   Posted 9/30/2015 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Snoopy has given you great advice. Check your kidney function. Remember you don't have to have it with contrast. Lesions will still show up. The dye crosses the blood/brain barrier to indicate which (if any) lesions are active.

It appears you also have Lyme disease. I'm assuming you know brain lesions can be caused by a Lyme infection. Does your doctor also suspect MS?
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

I have no lesions on my soul and so I live with no limits.
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