I received the results of my MRI scan yesterday and have been told by my GP that I have 5 plaques in my brain which, coupled with my symptoms, is characteristic of MS. I have an appointment with a Neuro early next month for a final diagnosis but was hoping that someone could help with some questions about plaques?
Is there a relationship between the number of plaques you have and the type / serverity of your MS - if so is five a high or low amount?
Can plaques be a result of something else other than MS?
Is the use of the word plaque and lesion inter-changable?
The timing of this is particularly bad as I am leaving the UK to work in Holland for a year next week and I was wondering if anyone has any experience of Dutch health care as it seems I could access either system?
Apologies in advance for some of the questions as I know it can vary massively person to person - I guess I am just looking for the benefit of other peoples experience. Also, I am guessing the order of the MRI & Neuro may appear odd - my GP was able to get me an urgent apointment as I am planning to leave the country soon and my mum lost her battle with MS a couple of years ago.
Thanks in advance