Jenny R. said...
Thanks Uppity, your always there to comfort me. I had all kinds of bloodwork done, from Lyme, thyroid, sed rate, allergies, everything is normal. Is it true that lesions usually show in brain first before the spine? Maybe I'm going through perimenopause, thats my next step when I see my gyn in Dec. I never had a thoracic MRI, just brain, c-spine, and now lumbar. No LP, doc didn't feel that it was necessary, keep telling me it my nerves. Thanks so much for your quick response, take care, and thanks again!!!!
Here is a mantra for you: "I've had all these tests, including sophisticated MRI's. EVERYTHING IS NORMAL." Repeat 10 times, whenever necessary.
Spinal lesions, particularly spinal lesions that appear before lesions show up in the brain, are usually significantly disabling. Generally everything that is BELOW the lesion on the spine is affected -- like what happened with me: bowels, bladder, paralyzed legs, loss of feeling from mid-torso to toe, etc.
When lesions appear on the brain, particularly in the early stages of MS, sometimes (not always) the nervous system is able to re-route around the damaged area, and there is little or no disability. But when lesions appear on the spine, because it is a narrow space, there isn't room to re-route, so the damage is significant.
Think about it this way: if you have a road on a flat level area, there is room for lots of other side roads to turn off it, or go around obstructions in the road. And if there doesn't happen to BE a road, you can go on to the ground around the road (remember, "flat...level") and get back on the road farther ahead, around the obstruction. But if the road runs through a tunnel, there isn't any way to go around the obstruction. You're stuck. That's what happens when there's a lesion on the spinal cord.
The fact that -- as you describe it -- you have no paralysis, weakness, balance problems, bowel or bladder problems -- suggests to me (and remember, I'm NOT a doctor!) that you indeed don't have any lesions on your spine.
As for perimenopause: I don't know how old you are. Hormone problems can indeed cause all of the symptoms you do describe, including anxiety. And of course perimenopause is a time when your hormones are usually fluctuating all over the place. There are blood tests that can be run to determine whether you're entering menopause (and women can enter menopause as early as their late '30's..) but they're not always accurate. After 6 years, though -- you should be through menopause. But that's why I asked if you had blood tests to look for hormone problems -- if they're out of whack they could indeed be the root of your problems. When you see your gynecologist, be sure to ask about that, and describe your symptoms to her/him.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....