Just a bit of advice and hand-holding needed really!
I had a clear mri in november (brian only-no contrast), and saw the neurologist at the end of December. I was referred for the mri by an opthalmologist. I had a full neuro exam, which only showed up a couple of problems, left side sensory stuff, babinski’s in left foot, right eye blind spot. He told me he wanted to do a full spine and brain with contrast, and a LP. I’ve got an appointment for the scan at the beginning of Feb, and just got a date for the LP the week before. Apart from being scared witless because it all seems to be happening very fast (judging by some peoples timeframes on here), I’m wondering if its necessary to have the LP first, or at all? Wouldn’t the mri with contrast show up if there is anything going on? Or do they need the LP for diagnosis? I admit, I don’t like the idea of having it done, I have lower back problems, suffer severe migraine, and had a nasty reaction to an epidural some years ago.
If I decline it, will I 1) put the neuro’s back up, 2) hinder any diagnosis, positive or negative?
Any help/advice greatly appreciated