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Monday, April 16, 2012 meeshkap, Community Member, asks

Q: Are 35-40 small white matter lesions ok?

I am 33 year old female - with controlled epilepsy since I was 14. Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy.. anyway just recently started getting headaches and feeling kind of dizzy.... had two MRI's one in Dec - multiple white matter brain lesions so they repeated it in March - with and without contrast - nothing lit up with contrast - but they counted them 35-40! Yikes... nothing in my cervical spine. I just have headaches and feel nauseas - had some calf tightness like I worked out..had some left arm weakness - but this could be from my spinning classes that I took a few months ago?? The neurologist doesn't think it is MS - but still sending me to an MS specialist...does this make sense? He said it's for me so I don't worry... hmmmm. ok? The lesions are 1-4mm and not dawson finger like... one lesions is 6mm. Any thoughts here? I had an MRI when I was 14 and I had some very small lesions back then as well - but they were tiny and they were only 10 or less..(the report said "a few" and the images have already been destroyed. ANy thoughts would be great.
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Lisa Emrich, Health Guide
4/20/12 10:49pm

Hi meeshkap,

Unfortunately there are several things which can cause lesions on the brain.  I think that epilepsy is one of them?  It's good that your doctor is referring you to an MS specialist if there is any concern that it might be MS.  35-40 lesions does sound like a lot to me, but it still could not be MS.  Was there any change in your MRI from the December scans and the March scans?  If so, that might give you more clues before you see the MS neurologist.  Let me know how your visit goes.

Lisa

 

 

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meeshkap, Community Member
4/20/12 11:22pm

Thanks - no  - there were no changes from December. 

Oddly enough my sister had an MRI as well and she has the same lesions....

Both of us have epilepsy but no seizures since our first one... which were years ago....

Hmmm. strange.

We both have quite a few of them.... 

 

 

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meeshkap, Community Member
4/20/12 11:22pm

quite a few of them now - meaning lesions...

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