I was just in the hospital recently and I'm trying to figure out what is going on with me... the symptoms point to a mild stroke but they went away too, without any therapy... there are any number of things when I look this stuff up and previous symtoms I've had and MS is one of the major ones. My uncle also has MS, and I was heavily asked about it at the hospital so it seems to me they were almost convinced of it until the MRI came up normal.
My question is do all MRI's of all MS patients come up abnormal? Further what other tests can they perform? Do all people with MS test "positive" on these tests or can some not show up on the testing until later in life?
It is suspected other family memebers who have passed on had MS, but it was so long ago and they just didn't know what they know now kwim?
I appreciate your input in this... my doctors are blowing me off at this point saying "stress" has caused all this and I'm not a believer in that for what is going on with me. Stress I know can do funky things to a body but it doesn't cause loss of function in a hand for a period of time, then a droopy eye, and a collapse of the patient as well as the dizziness and other things I've got going on. I'm just looking for answers, I feel at this point it is important for me to take my health into my own hands because the doctors are writing me off, and I'm not better totally and I'm exibiting new symptoms as well.
Can we assume that the doctors ruled out a stroke? People can recover from a stroke without receiving therapy, if the stroke was mild and transient... And there are vascular disorders that can mimic MS, particularly in the early stages.
You've gotten some good answers from folks here already, but I'm wondering about the "95% of people with MS" having lesions show up on an MRI, particularly in the early stages. I've heard about lots of people with no indications on the MRI that have been diagnosed with MS, based on other signs, so that figure seems a bit high. But having had MRI's done in the hospital, generally they're pretty accurate and definitive.
But indeed you need to be sure to keep your doctors informed about any new symptoms, or any worsening of current symptoms. A lot of times they'll tell you to "watch and wait", and what they're watching and waiting for is a new episode of symptoms, separated from the current problems, before continuing to pursue a diagnosis, when all the usual tests have come back "negative".
I hope you start to feel better soon.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....