My diagnostic roller coaster continues!
Based on MRI that showed many lesions in brain, and symptoms that are not “typical” in terms of history or presentation of someone with MS (other than symmetrical hyperreflexia), I had one neurologist tell me he did suspect MS and another tell me that she did not.
CSF tested negative for O bands, and evoked potentials tests all in normal ranges.
I have to wait 6 months to see an “MS specialist” at St. Michael’s in Toronto, which feels like an eternity and I also worry about that much time passing.
My MRI was not done with contrast, but everything I have read suggests that an MRI of brain and spine with contrast is very helpful as it can show dissemination in both space and time.
At this point, while I am waiting, I am prepared to have an MRI with contrast done privately and seek a second opinion of an MS Specialist privately at the Mellen Centre for MS in Cleveland.
My questions are:
Is it helpful to have an MRI with contrast after having had a “regular” one?
Is it ok to have 2 MRIs with contrast within a few months of eachother?