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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 10/15/2006 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone! I am new to this site. I have alot of symptoms of MS. I started haveing some of them 10 yrs ago but it has been just the last month that they are significant enough for my Dr to order an MRI. I will have that soon. If there are lesions obvious on the MRI is that enough for diagnosis and treatment or do you have to have a crisis of sorts? thanks!

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 10/15/2006 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to Healing Well. I am also undx.

The lesions have to show up in certain areas of the brain to be MS lesions. You also have to meet the McDonald criteria. You can do a google search and you will come up with many hits.

Hopefully some of the others will be along soon and give you more answers.

Good Luck!

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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 10/15/2006 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Lysha. Are the symptoms pretty severe by the time there are lesions?

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   Posted 10/15/2006 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Raye,

Welcome! I'm sorry you've had such a long road with no answers and I hope they come quickly for now. As Lysha says there is criteria for a MS dx and the MRI is only one tool used to do that. If something shows up on your MRI, your doctor might want to do other tests which might include evoked potentials and lumbar puncture to help rule in or rule out MS or other possible causes to your symptoms. Have you ever had bloodwork done to rule out other things?
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   Posted 10/16/2006 5:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Raye said...
Thanks Lysha. Are the symptoms pretty severe by the time there are lesions?
I'm not Lysha, but no, the symptoms don't have to be "pretty severe" by the time there are lesions. Lesions can appear on an MRI for all sorts of reasons (MS, migraine, brain injury, viral disease, bacterial disease, brain tumor, seizure disorder, vasculitis -- these are just some of them)
or for no reason at all.  Some folks upon death have been autopsied, and lesions have appeared on the brain, yet they showed no symptoms while alive that were attributed to the lesions.
But if lesions show up on an MRI, and show up in places that are specific to MS, and if the doctor, upon examining you in his office, finds sufficient clinical signs (not just symptoms you report that he cannot test for, but signs that he can find through testing, that are repeatable) it could be enough for a diagnosis.
But diagnosing MS (or many other diseases!) can take a long time, as there are lots of disorders and diseases -- some of them neurological in nature, many of them metabolic (meaning not neurological, things like diabetes, thyroid problems, infectious disease, bacterial diseases, etc.) that might look like MS from the outside, but in fact are something else.
So if this is one of your first doctor visits to explore what is wrong with you, expect that you might not get answers immediately, but have to undergo lots of tests to rule out other disorders, before the doctor will finally diagnose MS.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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