I am new here and not yet diagnosed. In a nutshell, I have had only minor symptoms, no major "attack", and apparently nothing worthy of a diagnosis. My mom has MS, so I am hyper-sensitive to my body's twinges, etc. My main symptoms are sensory, like tingling patches that come and go. In the past I've had a morning or two of vertigo, a short period of smokey vision (eye dr. found nothing), and I'm not sure if unexplained chest pains could actually be MS hug. I've had bladder problems, which could be attributed to my 9 pound 7 ounce baby.
When I first had tingling, I think they sent me to the neuro because of my family history and didn't expect to find anything. BUT, my MRI did show multiple punctate non-specific white matter lesions, possible MS or vasculitis or from migraines. All other tests for MS were negative (LP, VEP), as were all other tests to rule out other causes (blood tests for Lyme, Lupus, vitamin deficiencies, a PFO test). So I went about my life. After one pregnancy symptom-free (suspicious, no?) my symptoms returned along with some brain fog (could be attributed to sleep-deprivation). I had another MRI, which showed no new lesions, but the same old lesions appeared a tiny bit bigger - my nuero couldn't tell if the change was simply from a new machine. So, I went on my way. After a second pregnancy, also symptom-free (hmm, even more suspicious) my familiar symptoms returned. A third MRI again revealed no new lesions, but the same ones now looked "brighter" or more prominent. Again, my neuro couldn't tell if this was a true change or a change in the technology. So, I remain in limbo.
My question is whether anyone knows what it could mean to have no new lesions, but rather have the same lesions appear larger/brighter on repeat scans (if not just an artifact of using a different machine)? Would any of the other potential causes of lesions, other than MS, behave this way? Or only MS? Oh, I guess I should mention the dates of my scans - 2003, 2007, and just 2 weeks ago in 2009. So, no new lesions in 6 years.
Thank you, in advance, for any help,