Yes it's that same dreaded topic of conversation, MRI brain or brain and spine or contrast/no contrast. I'm sure most of you remember my last posts but just to recap if you don't.
I've had various symptoms since Oct last year (parasthesia, bladder retention, bowel, swallowing issues, pain etc). My neuro initially sent me for full bloods, MRI brain and spine with contrast as well as an emg. My MRI showed a few lesions which he said wasn't really conclusive and told me to forget about it and review in a few months but he'd do a LP and EVP if things worsened or progressed.
My pain of a neuro then at my follow-up told me I had to just get on with it and ignore my symptoms and when I asked what had happened he said I'd definitely had an episode of spinal inflammation. He then said he was going to send me for another brain scan but no LP or EVP. I'm keeping it quite light but I almost walked out crying because my neuro was so confrontational and accused me of being a pessimist.
I think I had a new episode of symptoms about a month back that lasted a week also(MS hug and parasthesia flared up).
I've now had just a brain MRI but with no contrast. How is that comparable to my last one and how is he meant to see any active/new lesions without contrast? When I asked the radiologist she said the doctors specifically put no contrast! Secondly he tells me I've had an episode of spinal inflammation even though my spine MRI looked fine so why isn't he repeating that too!
I'm frustrated and just need to vent. I work for the NHS and it's fantastic and works wonderful at times and at other times its a complete joke. I feel like going for my MRI was a complete waste of time and that I've got no further.