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Tuesday, January 05, 2010 Lucy, Community Member, asks

Q: Woke up with severe pain & Paralysis on one side of my body, could it be MS?Mybrother

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





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Vicki, Health Guide
1/ 8/10 5:21am

Hi Lucy,

I am sorry you are going through this frustrating experience. It is possibly MS, but at the same time, it might not be.

You are not more likely to have MS because your brother had it.  I am glad your doctor ordered an MRI. These are thr types of things that would be good to talk about with your doctor. He or she will be able to ease your concerns.

At the same time, perhaps your doctor will also be able to ease your pain. I hope you begin to feel better.  Good luck.

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By Lucy, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 01/05/10