Hi, Kerri. To be really thorough, the neuro should have ordered a thoracic MRI too. However, many don't, because T-spine lesions are much less common than the others.
As to what symptoms they could cause, I think the answer is anything at that level or lower. At the same time, problems in the brain can cause pretty much anything in MS.
I know your brain MRI was significantly abnormal, even if it didn't comply with your neuro's narrow idea of MS lesions. This happens all the time when neuros don't have the courage of their convictions.
Your best plan, in my opinion, is to seek another doctor, and at that point ask for a thoracic MRI, just to cover all the bases. I'll bet though, that if he or she is worth his or her salt I(!), your brain MRI alone would be enough.
Where can I find your neuro? I would travel. I have this thing folks describes as the MS hug. It interferes a lot with my life. I have a tough time maintaining my posture while standing or sitting. I have lots of pain around T7,8,9. Simple things like folding clothes, driving long distance (on a bad day the distance could be blocks away from home), having to sit up and hold the posture is near impossible. I am described as having lots of spasms and they talk about this really tight muscles between my ribs. You really want to trigger my symptoms, bring me in the cold. It cuts my breathe and my rib cage feels so tight and pain goes to a 20/10. The neuros I saw say I seem to be a lot like MS but I don't have the lesions in the MRI and then back to zero.
I have similar pain under and on my lowest right. Unable to get any relief. Meds make me feel worse. I do know that I have plaques (MS lesions) in my thoracic spine - also many in my brain. Please help.
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