My brother had MS before he died of lung cancer. What I woke up with yesterday was typical of what he dealt with. I had the worst pain I had ever felt and paralysis on the entire left side of my body. I chose not to go to the hospital since I knew it was not a stroke, and felt like it was de ja vu of what happened to my brother. I saw my neurologist today and he ordered an MRI of my brain. Is it possible to see the lesions on the brain without contrast? If I had an MRI previously that looked normal, would this one with contrast show more or be more accurate? Also am I more likely to have MS since my brother had it?
I am a 56 year old woman with multiple surgical cervical & lumbar fusions and Fibromyalgia. I KNOW pain....but this pain was off the charts. It is much better now, but I still have weakness in my left arm and leg.
I have also been having memory problems and mood swings. My vision is blurry even with my contact lenses and my balance is not good.
I would appreciate any advice you can give me.
Thank you so much