I am a woman and 53. i recently posted about having a homocysteine level of 45.9, high cholesterol, and high LDL. Also diagnosed with B12 deficiency which this VA is no longer treating; nor would they treat the homocysteine so had to go to outside source for that, etc;
Several things brought me to getting an MRI of the brain (had contrast MRI in 2000 to rule out MS and nothing showed up on that one):
1) have been having problems with thinking, cognitive things, remembering, forgetting, etc.
2) had an episode on February 12th that involved the entire left side of my body from scalp to bottom of foot. I had an intense burning, pins and needle sensation, and some numbness, and got so tired I went to bed. The next week or so, I had residue from that with burning in face, neck, rib cage, arm, hip, and leg...all on left side. That has finally gone away but have weakness (shown on two exams) in left arm and leg. This MRI was done two weeks after the episode.
MRI results are: "Foci of altered signal in left periventicular deep in white matter and a punctate focus in left paramedian regon of the mid-pons. Nonspecific in appearance but most likely are of chronic ischemic orgin."
I asked my doctor at the VA what she thought and she told me it was nothing and no treatment was necessary. The problem with her is that she feels that nothing is wrong and we are back to mental case again. I am quite concerned.
What does this MRI mean? Could this be the reason I have trouble thinking? Could a stroke have happened and not show or resolved by the time MRI was done?