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Tuesday, September 15, 2009 TNT, Community Member, asks

Q: Does negative MRI's mean no MS?

  I have all the symptoms yet my brain MRI was clean. My Spine MRI showed 1 buldging disc at C4 & a disc protrusion at C5. No MS evidence. Dr.'s don't think my disc problem is relevant to my symptoms. I am awaiting a nuero consult in Oct. I also have a buldged disc at L5-S1 found a few months ago. I am 31 & never hurt my back to my knowledge. I read that some have linked MS & disc degeneration,any thoughts? My dr's believe that I have MS just early stage,but I don't know what the nuero will think.   

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MWMS, Community Member
9/20/09 8:34pm

Let me tell you about my experience.I was diagnosed with MS in 2001, had a relapse in the same year, both having cleared off completely with 24 months on Avonex.After two years my MRI was reported as normal.Then I had a relapse after two more years.So, a negative MRI is a good sense, but don't be lulled into a false sense of security.

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bhoppy, Community Member
9/16/09 10:47am

I don't really know how to answer this question, but I can tell you what happened to me.  I was 25, having loss of feeling and tingling in my arms and legs.  The Dr. told me I probably had MS.  Within the last 3 years I have had 6 MRIs with no conclusive evidence of lesions. I have all the symptoms of MS, so the DRs. gave in to the fact I do have it. They also took x-rays, telling me I have "old bones" too. Drs really don't know what to do with me, so they want to try all sorts of drugs, I was feeling like a lab rat. I finally told the Drs that everything they tried made me feel worse. I have come to the conclusion that I must look to a higher source, since Drs cannot seem to help me, although they try to keep the rest of me doing well. The neuro told me that due to my age, the side effects would outweigh the benefits.

 May I suggest you hang in there and get the best diagnosis and treatment that is now available. Ask them to look further, and don't give up.  Hoping and praying the best for you.

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Connie, Community Member
5/25/11 3:21pm

I am so thankful when I hear of others who consistently have negative MRI's.  My first symtoms started in 1982. I finally received a diagnosis in 2000. I had to retire in 2008 due to MS. So I want to say to others that it IS possible to get a diagnosis without a positive MRI. According to the extensive & numerous test I have had in the past I am a very healthy person. But here I am on disability.

Best of luck to you & all those with MS.

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djax59, Community Member
9/17/09 2:15pm

as far as i know a clean mri just eans tha you have no active lesions or scarring.(sclerosis) you do have a lot going on in your back-which could be pushing up against nerves causing the slowing of signals from the brain which to put it very basically is what the mylien inflammation does. good luck with your neuro. i hope he knows ms.

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Audra, Community Member
9/21/09 6:42pm
I have a clear mri but still have the clinical diagnosis of MS. I just had a spinal tap so I'm not sure what the results were but also spent 3 days in the hospital doing IV steriods. My neuro has sent me for an optical neuro constult to confirm the diagnosis since I've had such horrible optical neurtitis. He's hoping that a VEP will confirm the diagnosis so that I can start on the copaxone drug. Reply
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By TNT, Community Member— Last Modified: 05/25/11, First Published: 09/15/09