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  • jjgirl

    Hi there,

    I recently went for a hearing test as I have significant hearing loss in my left ear.  They referred me to an ENT after the routine hearing test.  Due to my age (young for such hearing loss and only in my left ear) my right ear had 100 hearing they sent me for an MRI.  My first MRI showed PONS in the brains showing what they thought were signs of MS.  The light bulb went on and I thought wow...symptoms I have ignored now made sense.  Jont pain, headaches, blurred vision, sometimes off balance, cramping/spasms that brought me to the ground...I almost called 911 but chalked it up to dehydration.  I reserached and it says 6% of people first signs of MS is hearing loss.  I went for a second MRI with contrast/dye and the gal who answered the phone today in the Dr. office said my test was she read were negative and could be interpetive.  I'm curious since I had the MRI with contrast is that 100% accurate?  I would appreciate any feed back and if I should insist on any further tests. I know some of the symptoms due mimic getting older.  I'm 54 so ther is some normal aging happening.

    Thank you!

  • joynerthedad


    Good evening.  My knowledge of contrast dyes are limited, but I am thinking the contrast shows lighting up in the areas your immune system is actively attacking, not so much in areas where a lesion is but they are leaving alone.  Make sense?  Good luck.

  • jjgirl

    Thank you so much, that does make sense.  I'm just not sure how

    to proceed.  I will talk to my doctor when he calls and see what he suggests.  I apprecite your reply.

  • joynerthedad


    Lumbar puncture can confirm a possible MS diagnosis, but, again, that is something for you and your doctor to talk about.  Wish you the best.

  • CanesAreCool

    To start the Pons, a structure in the brainstem, is involved in the processing of information for hearing as well as balance and a few other things.  So damage in that area could account for some of your symptoms.  That damage could be from MS but also from an entire gamut of other disorders.  

    MRI with contrast is the gold standard for locating lesions.  If the MRI had been without contrast I would certainly encourage you to have another with it.  That being said lesions (demylenation) can occur in the brain, all the way down the spine - giving a range of symptoms that can be confusing at best.  

    If the symptoms persist I would certainly continue testing and I would not be surprised if you are referred to a neurologist at some point.  As far as whether a MRI with contrast is 100% accurate unfortunately the answer is a bit ambiguous.  A single MRI scan will not dx MS as other tests will have to be involved (as mentioned by a previous poster a lumbar puncture). A single MRI scan will, however, show whether you have lesions, one way or the other.  

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