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    mri reading

    Hi, I have introduced myself just a while ago. I hope someone can help me to understand this mri reading. The neurologist called and said everything was normal with the mri scan. I felt relieved and happy and felt almost like my anxiety and symptoms were easing up.
    I had had a bad migraine that caused my left arm and leg to feel numb. I was told to have mri so i did. Doctor said the results were normal.
    I was given the results and read them, now I am so very anxious again and my symptoms are coming back. This is what has me worried:

    Conclusion: No acute intracranial process. Mild degree of nonspecific
    white matter disease. These findings have been reported in association
    with migraine headaches. Other diagnostic considerations include mild
    chronic small vessel ischemic changes, vasculitis, demyelinating
    disease and Lyme disease.

    Does this mean I have Lyme disease? And the other findings? I am a mess over this and wish I had just taken the doctors word that everything is ok.

    My anxiety is now through the roof. Can anyone tell me what this means?

    Thanks And can anxiety cause the numbness and feelings in the arm and leg? I guess its more a burning, anyway, Im sorry, for being such a mess, I hope someone understands.

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    Re: mri reading

    Quote Originally Posted by bluesage View Post
    Hi, I have introduced myself just a while ago. I hope someone can help me to understand this mri reading. The neurologist called and said everything was normal with the mri scan. I felt relieved and happy and felt almost like my anxiety and symptoms were easing up.
    I had had a bad migraine that caused my left arm and leg to feel numb. I was told to have mri so i did. Doctor said the results were normal.
    I was given the results and read them, now I am so very anxious again and my symptoms are coming back. This is what has me worried:

    Conclusion: No acute intracranial process. Mild degree of nonspecific
    white matter disease. These findings have been reported in association
    with migraine headaches. Other diagnostic considerations include mild
    chronic small vessel ischemic changes, vasculitis, demyelinating
    disease and Lyme disease.

    Does this mean I have Lyme disease? And the other findings? I am a mess over this and wish I had just taken the doctors word that everything is ok.

    My anxiety is now through the roof. Can anyone tell me what this means?

    Thanks And can anxiety cause the numbness and feelings in the arm and leg? I guess its more a burning, anyway, Im sorry, for being such a mess, I hope someone understands.
    Hi Bluesage

    I realise you must be distressed but I would urge you to try and remain calm. Firstly, have you discussed these results/findings in detail with your Dr? You mentioned that your Dr said the results were normal, but have you discussed these specific questions with them, since seeing the report for yourself?

    Unfortunately no one on the forum is going to be able to interpret these results for you, or answer specific questions about what you might or might not have. I do know that "diagnostic considerations" are not themselves, a diagnosis of something. That is just the MRI technician suggesting to your Dr that the analysis of your results includes possible (only possible!) indicators for certain things - and it is then down to your GP or Consultant/Specialist to either rule those things out, or to follow further lines of testing to prove or disprove something.

    However we're not medical professionals and there could be any number of reasons why your healthcare professional has ruled out something that the MRI technician has listed in those results.

    I strongly suggest you make an appointment to discuss your concerns with your Dr/specialist and find out from them directly why, when reviewing the findings, they felt there was no cause for concern.

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