Life with MS & EDS

April 3, 2009

More than a bit surprised

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I finally got the CD of my brain and spine MRI in the mail today.  They sent the radiology report, too.  I honestly didn’t expect it to say much, so I was more than a bit surprised (shocked, perhaps) that it has a lengthy paragraph about the “multifocal lesions” in my spinal cord, including:

Posterior cord at C3

Right posterolateral cord at C3

Righter posterolateral cord at C4

Right cord at C4-5

Bilateral cord at C5

Anterial cord at C6

Left posterolateral cord at C7

It goes on to say that there are many in the thoracic cord, too:

Left cord at T2

Left cord at T3

Right cord at T6

Central and left cord at T7

Posterior cord at T9-10

Central cord at T10-11

Left cord at T11

Anterior cord at T12-L1

The C3 and T7 lesions have mild cord expansion and mild enhancement.  It goes on to say something I completely don’t understand, “the vertebral column and intervertebral disks are notable for a minor segmentation anomaly at C5-6 with a rudimentary disc, resulting in a straightened alignment.”  Huh???

Some of the cord lesions showed mild enhancement, which they say is suggestive of recent active demyelination.

I don’t think the brain part shows anything different, but I really can’t tell from the way it’s written.  One thing it doesn’t say is how large any of these white matter spots are.  I’m curious if the spots in my brain are any larger than they were before, but I guess I’ll just have to add that to my rapidly growing list of questions for Dr. Specialist on April 15th.

Knowing that I have all of these spots is kind of like a ticking time bomb, except that I don’t know the amount of time left on the clock or even if the bomb is worth worrying about.  It seems like these could cause problems at any time, or maybe not, and I won’t have any idea when the damage could occur or what damage would be inflicted.  Thankfully I have a lot to keep me busy between now and then.  This weekend we’re celebrating Big Sister’s 8th birthday!  Her family/friends party is tomorrow and she’s having her first sleepover with her friends the night before her actual birthday next week.  We’ll have Passover and Easter to keep us busy the rest of the week.  Hopefully the 15th will be here before I know it.  I will try not to fret too much about what all of the things in this report mean until then, but it’s hard not to worry.

I still thinking looking at the MRI images is pretty cool.  I have not gotten through too many of them.  There are well over a thousand on the CD.  Here are some of the ones that jumped out at me.  I have no idea what they show!  I’ll try to post more once I learn what I am looking at.

Here are a few of the pictures, mainly ones that I thought were just neat or funny looking.  If I find out more about what these are, I’ll let you know!

Profile

Profile

Squiggly Ears

Squiggly Ears

Spine showing organs

Spine showing organs

T2 Axial

T2 Axial

Another view of T2 Axial

Another view of T2 Axial

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3 Comments »

  1. I know how crappy I felt when I got my MRI. It’s like failing the SATs or something. Hang in there.

    Comment by nina — April 3, 2009 @ 9:14 pm

  2. really cool pics! I hope you get some answers soon.

    Comment by Posey — April 3, 2009 @ 9:28 pm

  3. While the news about more white matter is a little distressing, those are some lovely images. You truly have inner beauty.

    Comment by Abigail — April 7, 2009 @ 1:48 pm


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