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  • sydney8687
    So I got my results from my upper spine MRI, it said is was normal. But I do still have 4 spots on my brain and a million symptoms. As I was in the machine I was having shooting pain down my neck and back. (And numbness as usual.) so my neurologist is sending me for a spinal tap and to a ms specialist. Could it still be ms with no spots on my spine. I think I have seen others say this but cannot remember. If not then I don’t know what could be wrong with me to make me be going through all this. Very confused and just want relief.
  • anywhereoutofthisworld
    It most certainly can still be MS. I can verify this cause I had an MRI done of my brain which showed lots of MS lesions and I had a c-spine MRI (upper spine) and my c-spine MRI had no lesions (I did eventually get diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis). Then I had a spinal tap and the spinal tap showed lots of MS related protein 'o' bands and my neuro concluded that, not only did I have MS, but that I'd likely had it for some time. So I can assure you the c-spine MRI results don't determine MS diagnosis.

    Signs and symptoms of MS can include:
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    Muscle weakness, stiffness or cramps
    Tingling, numbness or pain in your body
    Tremor (shaking) in your arms or legs
    Loss of balance
    Problems walking or moving your arms or legs
    Speech problems
    Vision problems
    Fatigue (feeling tired all the time)
    Dizziness
    Bladder or bowel problems
    Thinking and memory problems
    Depression

    Here also is a link of criteria/ guidelines for MS diagnosis to review, to read it Click Here.

    I hope you find all the answers you are seeking, I know this is a difficult time. I was only diagnosed in late July of 2017 but as I said above, likely I've had for a while. The good news is the sooner you get the proper diagnosis, the sooner you can start treatment towards delaying MS progress. If it's not MS, I hope you do come to a conclusion as far as what it is you are battling. The members of this site will be here for you no matter what.
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  • sydney8687
    Ok, thank you so much I was just very confused. I wasn’t having an easy time at the appointment at the time too. My husband had to kinda keep me on track. Yes I have all of those symptoms but the shaking. Ok I’m glad I got the referral to the specialist then. I was just hoping I could get help sooner than later, ya know? Now just more steps I guess. 
  • maria1
    Yes, there are persons with no leisons on the spine who have ms. 
  • cantstopwontstop
    As Maria said, yes there are. I have no spinal lesions, but a lesion on my brain and I have MS.
  • debriley75
    I know this is so confusing because I had the same questions. In fact, I think I'm still partially in denial. In 10/17 I had a CT Scan that showed some spots on my brain that required a MRI. The reading was that I have a "minimum of 10 lesions" on my brain. Thry are mostly on the rigjt sode and back of my brain with a "larger" one showing on the right side. I went on to have a full spine MRI, tons of bloodwork and a spinal tap over the next 7 weeks. I was officially diagnosed by a neurologist in 11/2017 and again by a MS Specialist in 12/17 (after  even more tests). So, it's possible and it sounds like it may even be common?