My MRI's have been normal for both spine and brain but I hear people with MS have had negative MRIs for years then lesions show up. What do you believe when you have had blood work all done and still have symptoms such as numbness, stiffness in legs, head feels like I drank too much? I'm very tired all the time. It's only been a year since this all started. I just had an MRI last month and it was negative. Is it just too early to have lesions show up ?
It is very hard to understand the issues involved given the information provided. Normal MRI scans are rare in MS. The presence of repeatedly normal MRI scans of the brain and spinal cord often means that another problem is responsible for a persons symptoms. And there are many different disorders that can cause the symptoms you describe. Why don’t you ask your doctor to discuss the entire differential diagnosis of your symptoms and findings with you, so you can gain a better understanding.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego