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Hyperreflexia and MRI findings

I posted here about 3 years ago about the hyperreflexia- currently cervical radiculopathy, saw a neurosurgeon- he is more concerned with the hyperreflexia, positive Hoffman's sign, positive jaw jerk reflex. Had Brain MRI with and without contrast:
Findings: On the gradient recalled images there is area of low            
        signal within the subcortical white matter of the right temporal            
        lobe measuring 3 mm.  This likely represents an area of            
        calcification or previous hemorrhage.  No acute hemorrhage,            
        mass, mass effect, hydrocephalus, acute infarction or abnormal            
        fluid collection.            
        White matter signal is within normal limits.  The pituitary            
        gland is unremarkable.            
        The nasal septum is deviated toward the left.  Mild mucosal            
        thickening within the ethmoid sinus bilaterally.  Partially            
        visualized mucosal retention cysts or polyps within the inferior            
        maxillary sinuses bilaterally.            
        IMPRESSION:   Nonspecific 3 mm area of diminished signal on the            
        gradient images within the right temporal lobe suggesting            
        calcification or previous hemorrhage.            
        Paranasal sinus disease.            
What concerns me is "calcification" and "previous hemorrhage" I have an appointment with neurologist but they couldn't get me in until Feb 18th 2013?!?!? SHould I get in somewhere sooner?


This discussion is related to Myelopathy Symptoms with no cord compression.
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

The images show an old hemorrhage and calcification, this is unlikely to be causing your present problems. Hyperreflexia can be due to other causes like spinal cord injury and electrolyte imbalances.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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I have myelopathies in both hands and feet. I could not stand properly.
I feel weak when I walk, and the afternoons make me even more tired.
My MRI is horrible. It shows a spinal stenosis at C4-5, C5-6, and C6-7.
My t spine is not good either.
My surgeon at a major teaching hospital wanted to do the surgery, but he wants to find out if I have M.S.
Two neurologists have ruled out MS, but I have a 3rd consult with a neurologist that specializes in M.S.
I have been reading about diagnosing MS from a publication called "Up to date." Very helpful and interesting.
I also watched a YOU Tube lecture from a Neuroradiologist named N.F,, M.D., called "Imaging Patients With Myelopathy."
I learned a lot.
I am not going to have my surgery unless it is acute until I find out if I have M.S. or not.
Good Luck
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Do you have good insurance?
If so, I would try to get in sooner.
Can you get in at a major teaching hospital that specializes in neurology?
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Sorry for your problems. Mine started a year and a half ago, after my hysterectomy in February of 2011.
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