MRI frequency for Limbolander

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   Posted 1/11/2007 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   

How often do you think MRIs on the brain and spinal cords should be done in someone with no diagnosis of MS yet. My last ones were in June, and they all came back negative, though the spinal ones weren't done with contrast and had motion blur over the very area that needed to be visualized.   

I've had a lot of new symptoms since the last ones were done, including leg weakness, spasms and spasticity, a banding sensation around my ribs, and tinnitus in my left ear.  I also had a negative LP in October (though it did show higher than normal levels of albumin.)   

Do you think I should request a repeat on the MRIs now since it's been six months?  Or wait a few more months?  How quickly do changes in MRIs show up anyway?

Lisa ~
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Negative MRIs + Negative LP + Positive symptoms = A lot of confusion + A ton of frustration!

Post Edited (Shashi) : 1/11/2007 11:39:37 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/11/2007 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Shashi!

My neuro told me that 6 mos is the norm for 2nd MRI on known issues.  My MRI shows lesions, so she stated if my LP comes back negative (should have results in the next day or so) she was going to wait for 6 mos for the 2nd MRI, however if my symptoms got worse we could do it in 3 mos.  I have only had MRI's of the brain, none of the spine, so that could be different.  Don't know if this helps.

Good luck!



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   Posted 1/11/2007 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
eesh. My first set of brain MRI's was on October 8. Had second set just two months later on dec. 8th. I had a bunch of new lesions in just two months! Scary huh?

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   Posted 1/11/2007 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Lisa!

I'm not sure of any real definition for how often u should expect a new MRI set, but i've been told, and heard many times, every 6 month unless new symptoms or problems arise. Just as Denda said. In u'r situation, knowing the mri's had probs as well as not having been done with contrast and it being so long ago, i'd suggest u ask for new ones if u'r prepared to do that. Many times things like mri's and the frequency of such are dictated by the insurance companies. My own ins provides coverage for as many as i'd like to have done...BUT...there is a 'professional fee charge' that my ins co charges ME of $300 per mri!! So u may need to check into that kind of thing prior to having one done at u'r request.

I hope if u can and do get another one done, that it's revealing and helpful. Please let us know what the doc says and if u decide to proceed with new mri's.
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   Posted 1/11/2007 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lisa,
    Six months is a reasonable amount of time for a repeat MRI for the undiagnosed, especially since you've been having new problems since your last one.  It couldn't hurt to ask your doctor and see what they say.  Good luck!
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   Posted 1/11/2007 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree...six months is a reasonable interval, especially since you've had possible new problems.
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