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   Posted 11/15/2006 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I saw a doctor I work with who is a neurologist about some hearing loss in my left ear and some facial numbness around the ear, jaw and cheek also on the left side. She ordered an MRI. THe MRI came back with the following impression: abnormal study, no evidence of cerebellopontine angle mass, acoustic neuroma or trigeminal nerve pathology. Multiple focal bihemispheric areas of increased signal on fluid weighted sequences in both hemispheres some of which are near the corpus callosum but not oriented perpendicuar. These are nonspecific and although not diagnostic for multiple sclerosis, could be seen in an atypical presentation. Other etiologies such as vaculitis, autoimmune disease, post infectious phenomenon including Lyme disease may have a similar appearance.

I had a spinal tap and blood work done a couple of days later. These are the results:
Xanthrochromic - Negative
CSF appearance = clear, colorless
Nucl cells, CSF = 0
RBC, CSF = 2
Glucose, CSF = 61
CSF Protein Electorphoresis
Protein, CSF = 26
prealbumin, CSF = 2.8
albumin, CSF = 12.7
Alpha 1, CSF = 0.4
Alpha 2, CSF = 0.5
Beta, CSF = 6.4
Gamma, CSF = 3.2
prealbumin % = 10.7 (high) normal range 1 - 8
Albumin % = 48.7 (low) normal range 53 - 82
Alpha 1 % = 1.7
Alpha 2 % = 1.7
Beta % = 24.7 (high) normal range 7 - 21
Gamma % = 12.5 (high) normal range 1 - 11
CSF protein normal, single gamma band ? signficance?

Sed Rate = 9
C3 = 106
C4 = 14 (low) normal range 16 - 38
RF factor = positive
RF factor, QNT = 10
ANA = negative
ANCA = negative
Anti RO/SS = negative
Anti LA/SS = negative
Anti DS DNA = 8
ACE = 64 (normal range = 9 -67)
Lyme = negative
Gram stain - no ogramisms found
AFB = negative for acid fast bacilli
Cryptococcus = non reactive
VDRL = negative

I am 46 yo white female and present medical history includes Graves disease x 2 years, carpal tunnel (surgery done 10 years ago), hernaited disc (no x-rays/MRI done) but seen by a chiropractor about 4 years ago due to inablity to bend, back pain, numbness and tingling down one leg with improved symptoms 2 months following chiropractic care. Family history includes a mother with systemic scleroderma and a maternal grandmother with rheumatoid arthritis. Previous symptoms, which were all related to the Graves disease at the time included digestive problems (frequent bowel movements), weight loss, and dry mouth. Currently on 5 mg of Tapazole and was placed on a tapering dose of Prednisone after the above tests were done.

If I am not dealing with MS.. what other items might we still be looking at in regards to these test results?

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   Posted 11/15/2006 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't think anyone here is medically trained sufficiently to interpret these results for you. What is your doctor suggesting? With a history of autoimmune disorders in your family (scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis) it would not be unusual for you to also have some autoimmune disorder like MS.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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