Posted 6/1/2007 8:28 PM (GMT -6)
Hi all -
Saw my neuro yesterday, we spent another 1/2 hour talking about what is going on and where to go from here. The C-spine came back with a slipped disk and a spur on the left side of a vertebre. The T-spine came back with 'slight narrowing' but no compromise on the spinal cord. Also no lesions on either. I am relieved, however we are still confused as ever since the way the disk is slipped and where the spur is, my LEFT side should be greatly affected by pain. I have no real pain on the left side, just the heaviness and aching.
So now the flavor of the month of tests will be for lupus and anticardiolipin antibody syndrome. I guess I tested positive for the ANA Antinuclear Antibody. MS is on the back of the burner until I have a major episode (exacerbation) or more serious new symptoms that stick around and not just come and go and a repeat MRI will not be done until something like that happens. So I asked about the lesions. I guess I have lesions all over my brain, not just in the specific places for MS, I have them everywhere, so I've got the doctors stumped. There is something going on with my autoimmune system since I had 2 active lesions on the last brain MRI, but again all other tests are coming back normal. My dr stated that all my thyroid tests came back fine again too. She mentioned referring me to a rheumotologist, but wanted to check with the MS specialist on something else.
She put me on a new prescription vitamin of metanx (lots of b vitamins and folic acid) in addition to my neurontin (bumping it up from 200mgs 3X's day to 300mgs 3X's a day) and is basically going to continue to treat the neuropathy until something more pops up. :o(
I haven't had time to check all the test 'normal results' with the ranges yet, since I've been swamped with my son's graduation party. As soon as I get a breather, I'll check them all out and see if I find anything different.
I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
Author: Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), 28th U.S. President