Hi! I am new to the forum and have been dealing with many issues over the past six months. I have seen numerous doctors, a spine specialist and a neurologist, but have not received any relief/answers! I was hoping someone could help me decode my MRI findings:
after migrating paresthesia (numbness and tingling moving all over my body and lasting for a short period of time) and a 'skin crawling' feeling in my scalp, my PCP ordered a brain MRI. I had fallen in February 2011 and suffered a nasty concussion, and he was afraid of some scar tissue on the brain or nerve damage developing. In May 2011, he ordered a brain MRI that was basically normal, except:
"Non-specific T2 white matter lesions in periventricular area"
I returned to the ER again this past week (September 2011) due to weakness in my right arm and blurred vision. They did another MRI with these results:
"Several small punctate hyperintense foci are noted to involve subcorrtical white matter; unchanged from original findings"
I have been told that MS is ruled out, yet every internet search I do with "white matter lesions" comes up with MS or other demyelinating diseases. The Dr. in the ER asked me repeatedly if I had a headache, or if I've had migraines; I said no. The only instance I can remember where I have had a headache that isn't easily taken care of by one Tylenol was when I had my concussion earlier this year, and one headache I had as a young adult (age 14).
After thousands of dollars in medical bills, not to mention the numerous days I've had to take off work for Dr. appointments or debilitating pain, I just can't afford to not have some ideas/answers. Any advice or information would be GREATLY appreciated!
Some other background:
* 28 / F
* diagnosed with vertigo summer 2010 (cause unknown)
* suffering from intense burning/searing pain in right anterior thigh, accompanied by numbness and tingling. Slight herniated disc, was originally thought to be Sciatica--cortisone injections did not help and now thought to be Meralgia Paresthetica. Unknown if leg pain and paresthesia and migrating paresthesia related.
*EMG on leg came back normal
* prescribed Zoloft for PMDD and take 100 mg daily. Read somewhere that long term use of Zoloft can cause pain in extremeties so abruptly stopped taking medication, causing intense mood swings, emotional distress and irritability. Am now back on medication.
* Other medication: 75 mcg Synthroid due to hypothyroidism
*aside from previously listed symptoms, also suffer from: fatigue, irritability, blurred vision, and tenderness to pressure/touch throughout most of body.
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