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MRI test results: the good and the bad

April 25th, 2018 at 06:13 am

With the advent of electronic record-keeping in the medical world (welcome to the 21st century), I was able to access my MRI test results online about 48 hours after my MRI.

So I didn't need to wait for my doctor to tell me, and in fact, I'm not sure there's a need for me to see him again in June since I was able to stay on my current medication and I know the MRI results. So why spend the $50 copay?

But back to the results. They did both brain and cervical spine. While there are still multiple brain lesions (indicative of MS), there are NO NEW, ENLARGING, OR ACTIVE demyelinating plaques that have occurred in the 13 years since my last MRI.

That means NO disease progression. Which makes sense, since if you don't count my stiff toes (the new neurologist is not so sure it's MS-related), I've been largely asymptomatic for a long time.

This is excellent news. I must be doing something right. As you may know, I do focus a lot of energy on getting regular exercise and eating vegan. This won't change.

An even more intriguing test result, and perhaps one reason I'd be tempted to see my neurologist in June so I could talk to him about it, is mention in the report of resolution of a previously noted lesion identified in 2005. "Resolution" means the lesion/plaque identified in 2005 is no longer there (or at least is too small to show up on the MRI). Lesions shrinking or disappearing means that the inflammation responsible for the lesion is resolving and the blood-brain barrier resealing.

So that all is great news, and the reason I got the MRI done.

The not-so-good news is that the cervical spine MRI showed degenerative changes/stenosis in several areas since my last MRI in 2005. This is also known as osteoarthritis, aka, aging. So it's not my imagination that for the past few years, I've felt very stiff and creaky when I get up out of bed in the morning.

Really the only thing I could do to slow the process, in addition to what I'm already doing with diet/exercise, is to LOSE WEIGHT.

While not overweight in the past, with each passing decade, I have gained a little weight. This trend became more pronounced after menopause. To get back to what I weighed in my 30s and 40s, I would need to lose 20 pounds.

You would think this wouldn't be that hard, especially being 95% vegan, but I have not lost any weight. Hence my newfound interest in intermittent fasting, which someone else just posted about here. I'm going to try it tomorrow.

9 Responses to “MRI test results: the good and the bad”

  1. rachael777 Says:

    Sending support.. 20 lbs is NOT a lot to be up compared to your weight in your 20s. Smile

  2. Carol Says:

    Wonderful news about possible healed lesion! I hear you about menopause weight gain!!

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    I'd say that is fantastic news on on your brain lesion! It would be interesting to know if it healed recently due to your diet changes or slowly over the long term.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    I hope you can lose the weight. It is a struggle.

  5. My English Castle Says:

    Excellent news on the MS. And I'm with you on the weight.

  6. ceejay74 Says:

    I love intermittent fasting. I do it about 4-5 days per week (aim for 7 but occasionally I have a breakfast or a night snack) and I have found it much easier to take off the weight and maintain as long as I stay active (walking a lot).

    (I too am vegan and have been for about 20 years, but it's easy to gain weight if I don't watch my eating.)

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Great news on the MS! Glad that test result was good. I feel your pain on the weight. It seems like I'm eating less and moving more and I still struggle to lose weight.

  8. Dido Says:

    Excellent result on the MS! I'm glad to hear your results were so good.

    Good luck with the IF. I want to get back to it but as work will remain high stress thru much of May it will probably be a month before I get to it given a somewhat stressful work schedule for the next few weeks.

  9. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I imagine the yoga you've started doing or perhaps Pilates, along with your diet, would be beneficial.

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