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Abnormal Brain MRI - 'Spots' Found

I hope someone can help.  I've had a tremor in my hands for 13 years, which I always thought was ET though I have no family history and alcohol does not seem to effect it.  For the last six months, I've had muscle twitches in my legs and stiffness in my left leg.  I've also had balance issues.  3 weeks ago I collapsed from being dizzy.  I went to the ER and checked out fine (blood pressure, labs).  They said it was a "benign faint."  I've been dizzy, have had a headache and have been nauseous ever since.  My internist ordered a brain MRI with contrast and IAC.  He called me with the results and let me know that there are "odd spots" on my brain.  He indicated that they are small and he didn't really know what they were.  He said they were abnormal for someone my age (28) and he mentioned that it could be vasculitis.  He faxed the MRI report to a neuro he referred me to when I first had issues.  My first appointment with the neuro is 3 weeks away and it's difficult for me to function right now - I can't drive, have difficulty walking and concentrating.  

My questions:  Can my tremor be related to the "odd spots" or could they be two different neurological issues?

How much should I worry about these "spots?"  My family and friends are in a state of panic and think I should try and push up my neuro appointment.  Should I?  I've read about vasculitis and it does not sound good...

What else could look like vasculitis on an MRI?

Thanks for any and all help!

Robin
Age:  28
Female
Smoker


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You are entitle to a copy of the MRI upon request at Dr's ofc or
direct from lab by signing a release. That way you can read abt
what they found & start your own health-file. The spots can be
old or from stress or even vessel compression from smoking.
There are MANY types of vasculitis. A broken vessel here there
w/ small vessels is a form. Track your BP/get copy/destress/
post back here the report & we'll see if we can help you w/
some pre-appt info. You may have had a ischemic attack or TIA
causing you to be dizzy. Things are too vaque for now. Ischemic
is a stressed vessel that bleeds awhile & generally seals
itself. If tissue thickens in a certain path, it could alter
msg's of nerves. Right now it's a quess.
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MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS CAN ALSO CAUSE THESE SYMPTOMS, AND SPOTS ON YOUR BRAIN THE OTHER WRITE IS RIGHT YOU HAVE TO BE VERY ACTIVE IN YOUR OWN HEALTH CARE, BECAUSE YOUR DR'S MOST OF THE TIME ARE NOT. 3 WEEKS IS OK BUT YOU COULD CALL AND SEE IF THEY HAD ANOTHER OPENING AND THEY COULD ALSO PUT YOU ON THE CALL FOR A CANCELLATION, GOOD LUCK
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my mom had an mri...and they found a white spot on her brain what is it? she's worried b/c she's had breast cancer before...n i don't know what to tell her....can any1 help me?
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please help.  i am a 39 y/o overweight female. i had left sided weakness last year and had a mri. it showed a small spot on the right side of my brain. the neurologist said it was too small to worry about. the same thing happened this year along with headaches and foot pain. another mri was taken and my dr. called me today to say he see abnormalties. i cant think straight, i cant function. what questions should i ask him tomorrow. what is going on with my body?
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I alos have tiny non-specific white spots in my brain (15-20 of them) my neuro said they are from headaches.  I have had vasculitis in the past & chronic pain for 20 years.  I am only 32.  The Dr. told me I can no longer take anything for pain or for the headaches & in 3 months I get to go back & 3 more MRI's & a spinal tap.  Does this sound normal for headaches?  Anybody have anysuggestions for the pain.
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I am kind of in the same situation, but I am older 55 man.  I recently srarting getting really depressed, confusion, dizziness, paralysis of the entire right side of my body causing falls, loss of short term memory, tremors, nerve pain left arm, slurred speech, etc.  I was given all the usual anti-depressants and they helped with depression but all the other symptoms got worse.  After falling three times in on week, my PCP doctor ordered an brain MRI.  Results showed several spots (or signs of stroke) and it showed large abnormal area on the left side of my brain.  A second MRI with contrast revealed the large area to be nerves damaged indictive of MS.  I am going to see a Neurologist in about a week to find out more.  

This is all I need now that I am 15 months recovered from a liver transplant.  I was in the hospital all during 2008 dying of liver failure.  God gave me a liver, it was miracalous event.  Now He is giveing me MS.  I still keep my faith though.
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I am a 41 year old female. In 1996 I was in a very traumatic MVA that left me with some left sided palsy. Typically, it wasn't a problem unless I was extremely tired. Within the past 2 years I developed severe migraines that were usually bi-montly. They slowly increased to the point of being weekly and lasting for at least a week. In the past 2 months, I ended up in the emergency room for more than 12 hours before they were able to get it to a manageable level of pain. I was shortly referred to a neurologist who ordered a series of MRI scans, pathology series and finally a lumbar puncture. The MRI of the brain returned abnormal with a white area on the left side of my brain, which the radiologist's impression was indicating a stroke or MS. The spinal tap ruled MS out along with the MRI of the C-spine. This MRI also showed abnormalities which was from normal wear and tear. The pathology series of which returned most normal, however, one called the FACTOR V LEIDEN returned abnormally high. And the neurologist has referred me on to an oncologist. After consulting my PCP about this, this is a clotting factor test. So, my question to this long story is, how does this relate to migraines?
It seems all the physicians want to do is to keep masking the symptoms with more medications than getting to the root of the problem. Should I  continue on or should I take myself completely to another area of specialty, such as Duke University and seek other help?
All the medicines are leaving me unable to concentrate, feeling "empty minded", my eyes are constantly red, blood shot and glassy and completely not with myself. I have finally stood up and said no more medicines. I am not taking anymore than I already have, it doesn't help.
Is there anyone out there that can offer me some real suggestions??
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Im suffering from these same white spots.. My doctor called me yesterday and said there are 20 white spots in my brain  and she also told me that i have sinus infection also  behind the eyes cus i feel burning senstaion in my eyes...   It can be because of this infectiona lso ... Im scared too and my doctor said that it is not godd because im just 28..:(   and im suffering from these headaches from last 2 years and visited 3 Doctors and they cudnt find out what it is ... nyways .. can anyone help me to explain it ?  and i have headaches too but not too much but i do .... and  the most important thing that cause pain is my hair ... When ever i roll my hair it hurts really bad , really bad ... I dont know if these things are related ... i am going to neuro in 2 weeks may be ... but my husband is really worried and me too .... is there anyone who can help me with this ?
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I had abnormal brain MRI.  Neurologist said it is not a neurological problem, also told me the "spots" weren't tumors but were indicative of "conntective tissue" issues.  I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and other things such as neuropathy and problems with my upper spine.  Everyone who is having problems:  Make sure you write down ALL your symptoms before going to a doctor.  Keep a medical journal including dates, times, symptoms, tests, doctors, etc.  As with everyone, I experience pain and such.
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My son had a test done to check for seizures and no problems in seizure area of brain but did find a spot on lower left side of brain..... Getting brain sedated MRI Monday just concerned what it could be scared of cancer...
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Hi!
Im 29 y/o
About a week ago I woke up from severe dizziness. My doc sent me to ENT and he ordered mri   Now he calls me in saying there are abnormalities on mri and most likely ill need a neurologist or neurosurgeon.  Im panicking trying to figure out what it is. The appointment is tomorrow evening but im going crazy now.  I dont have any other neurological symptoms ..What can that be??
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