My neurologist thought I had MS. I had an MRI of brain, cervical spine and thoracic spine. There were several lesions on the brain. He sent me to an MS specialist he said the lesions were not in a telltale spot for MS but I had volume loss, signal abnormalities and spinal cord atrophy and also had a pattern VEP which was abnormal. I had a repeat flash VEP which was normal. My MRIs were done in an open machine. Should I get another MRI in a closed machine?
It sounds as though your evaluation is incomplete. Your doctors should consider obtaining CSF through a procedure called a lumbar puncture to determine if you have oligoclonal bands by immunoelectrophoresis. Otherwise it is not possible for us to assess your case without a detailed history and examination.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Clinical Neurosciences Director
University of California San Diego
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