Can I honestly say, YOU ARE the first person that has really taken the time to respond to me and I appreciate that more than you know (BIG CYBER HUG)!
Well, my left leg, let's see. I say it's shorter, but in true fact, it is not shorter, but my body is so tight, it shifts my whole body over to the right and makes my hips uneven and makes my left leg shorter (my chiro says anyway). He has in the past prescribed orthotics and a heel lift to correct this, but it has not helped. Everything on the right side of my body is higher than on my left (shoulders, etc.). That's what my eval. said anyway. When I went back to my uro/gyn about my bladder problem, he said that everything was fine (with my surgery and everything still in place and nothing has fallen again), therefore, he's suggesting I developed urge incontinence after the fact OR that i may indeed have MS.
Oh and Yes, my PCP is still suggesting I see a a neuro even after the brain MRI based on all of my symptoms. Gawd, I know it could be a hundred different things literally.. I know that...that's what is so frustrating and know I"m in for a long road of testing and such to find out what it is. I'm prepared for that. What puzzles me is I see so many posts with the same symptoms and other MRI results similar to mine "punctate areas of high signal intensity" and those have been diagnosed but my PCP believes this "looks normal", but he still wants the neuro to review it. He also says lesions can show up on the spine and he wants to rule this out.
Thanks about the MS Hug info, boy, that makes a difference in your description ;)
I do believe I have foot drop. I've been told I have absent reflexes in both ankles and diminished reflexes in knees. I've also been told that I have reduced strength in my Right Toe in dorsoflextion (sp?).
I asked on another board about an optometrist vs. an opthomalogist - everyone said it didn't matter that an optometrist could see and diagnose ON - I'll check into this more when I know more. For now, I'm going step by step, we'll see what the cervical and thoracic MRI's say :)
I have been checked for early meno - I do have a reduced estrogen I know that, but my uro/gyn says I'm fine, my periods are totally normal and in otherwise, good healthy female state (other than the leaking thing LOL).
SO, that's that. Again, THANK YOU and if you have any more info to offer, great! I think other people shyed away because I posted too much info so you are a sweetheart for sticking through and reading it. Have a wonderful day!
MRI's are mysterious things. Two different doctors, looking at the SAME MRI, can come to two different conclusions. One can see lesions, the other not. One can decide lesions are in the "right place" for MS, the other not.
Re: your "short leg" problem. Please do be careful about chiropractors. Good ones can be really helpful, especially for back pain. But not-so-good ones can cause more problems than were there when you started. Having "everything on your right side higher"...is suspect. If I were you, I'd probably go to an orthopedic doctor to confirm that, and not just take the word of a chiropractor. Heel lifts that aren't necessary can really throw off your gait, your walk..and in turn cause all sorts of other problems in your spine, hips, knees, legs, etc.
Yes, "punctate areas of high signal intensity can suggest MS. Or other things. The radiologist suggested one area to explore, the Virchow-Robin spaces. It certainly is worth pointing that out to the neuro, and asking him to explain what that is, and if there are any consequences you need to be aware of.
Yes, an optometrist could diagnose optic neuritis, if you have it. The reason I suggested an opthamologist was more for the possible glaucoma problem..and while he's looking around in there, could deal with the dry eyes and ON, too :)
Finally, yes, lesions can show up on the spine. With your other spinal injuries, though, it'll be challenging to figure out if the "lesions" are MS-related lesions, or scars from past injuries.
Unfortunately you're in for a long series of doubting and testing and re-testing, given your complicated medical history. I hope the neuro can sort it out quickly and, if it is MS, get you started on treatment...or if not, help you figure out how to deal with some of the rest of it.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....