As some of you know, I often answer posts on here asking for help to understand what a neurologist’s letter or radiologist’s report means. What you probably don’t know is that it is a pretty time-consuming task and, every time I find myself typing the same stuff, I say to myself, “I absolutely must put something together that I can copy and paste from!”
Well, I have finally done it :-)
It occurred to me that some of you might be interested in reading the whole thing and that you might use it as a “starter for 10”, to give you more confidence to go and do some research on your own when you come across something in a letter or report that doesn’t make any sense.
I’ll still be happy to help, especially as the stuff I’m posting here only really scratches the surface, so don’t take this as me telling everyone to start doing it on their own :-)
I think the whole document is too long to post in one go, so I’m going to do a reply below this about the brain and a reply after that about MRI. My apologies – the spinal cord is noticeable by its absence. Maybe I’ll add something about that at a later date.
A couple of caveats. I have made this as easy as I could. That means that an expert would no doubt shake their head at bits and laugh their heads off at other bits, but on the whole I think it’s an acceptable explanation. However, I am not a neurologist or a radiologist; my knowledge comes from a background of neuroscience research using MRI followed by a lot of self teaching. In other words, please don’t assume that this is fault-free!
I hope you find it helpful.
PS This would never make a best seller list - prepare to be rather bored!!!Topics Not MS Symptoms