I was wondering if I could ask for a bit of advice – I had an MRI in October 2016 after some tingling issues, which was clear. I had another bout of symptoms in March/April (sensitivity to hot/cold in my right hand and foot, some trouble with speech, weakness on right hand side), and I’ve just had a second MRI which showed 1 small lesion (not sure how small though). Nothing showed up with contrast.
The neurologist says that the tests so far are inconclusive – the second MRI was on a 3T machine, the first on a 1.5T MRI, so it’s possible that the lesion was there all along, and wasn’t the result of MS. The contrast didn’t show up, but that could have been because my symptoms started 2 months before the MRI.
He has booked me in for a lumbar puncture, with the view that if it’s positive, then MS is likely – if it’s negative, then it’s not likely.
My question is this – how likely is it that I could be having MS-like symptoms, and have a lesion on my brain, and not have MS? What else could it be? I’d be very happy if it wasn’t MS, but if it is, then I’d like to know asap. I do appreciate that there are criteria I have to meet, but my understanding is that if I have had 2 episodes that look like clinical relapses, plus a lesion, that’s enough to call it.
thanks in advance for your advice – I’m so grateful to have such a supportive community to turn to.
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