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   Posted 8/14/2006 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my fourth MRI today.  Since the other doctors I saw didn't scan my thoracic spine, the new neurologist I'm seeing wanted to complete the picture.
They gave me a disk of the images they took today, but to me, they didn't turn out too well.  They're very grainy and hard to see, and instead of doing an upclose look at my spine, they did more of a long shot of my entire upper body. 
If anyone can see anything on this MRI, I'll be surprised.
By the way, I had told this second neurologist that I have claustrophobia and needed a Xanax.  She never called it in to the pharmacy for me.  So, I ended up taking a Lunesta and a Zanaflex, which always make me sleepy.  I barely remember the scan at all.
I hope this is the last MRI I have to have, but I have a feeling it's not.
Meanwhile, the muscle spasms are still making walking difficult, and the fatigue over the last few days has reached critical levels.  The Pamalor that this neurologist prescribed isn't doing anything, and neither is the Flexaril I'm taking. 
Oh to find a doctor who can put all the pieces of this puzzle together and help me get my life back again!

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   Posted 8/14/2006 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
How far apart (in terms of months or years) were these MRI's? If you're simply getting repeat MRI's from different doctors within, say, a period of 6 months or so...then none of them may yet show anything, or enough of anything to be helpful in a diagnosis.

Do tell the doctor that the meds don't seem to be working. Many of these meds don't work for everyone, and you have to try several to find one (or a combination) that is helpful for you.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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   Posted 8/14/2006 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, lunesta and zanaflex, I hope you had a ride!  I'd be asleep for 3 days if I took that!  Did they do the MRI w/contrast?  Flexaril doesn't seem to help MS related spasms, have you tried baclofen?  It is generic and works pretty well for most folks and doesn't cause sleepiness as much.
I hope you can get some answers soon, it's so hard to be in limboland.  Please let us know how it all goes!  Take care! :-)
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safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather, to skid in
broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly
shouting...."Wow! What a ride! Thank You Lord!!!"

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   Posted 8/14/2006 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Shashi,

I'm glad you found a way to get through your MRI, zanaflex itself totally wipes me out! Does the Zanaflex help with the spasms at all? There are a few different medications for fatigue and spasticity, not all work equally well in each person. Talk to your doctor and see if they can try you on different ones to find one that works for you. Let us know how it goes.
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