I was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy and a hyperactive nervous system a few years ago. After many very odd symptoms that come and go and each episode leaving me weaker and with more ongoing symptoms; my doctor now wants me to go and have a brain and neck MRI. There is no talk of a dye though and I've read that when they test for MS, a dye is used?
Actually I'm more afraid this is Parkinson. It runs in our family or at least my grandfather had it and apparently his dad had the same symptoms. One of my symptoms is a sudden shuddering of my face. It lasts for less than a minute and I get no warning of it starting, though it does leave me with a deep throbbing headache. They aren't sure if its seizures I'm having but I don't think they are because I'm aware and awake. Is this an MS thing?
The neurologist says its not typical of Parkinson and my burning skin and other symptoms (gripping of the lower chest, numb lower legs, tingling in my extremities, itching constantly are pointers to other nervous disorders but didn't say what. I think, looking though here, they are going to look for lesions (I could be wrong) but I need to know, is a straightforward MRI the right route to go down if they are looking for MS?
Also, will they insert my entire body into that claustrophobic machine or will it just be my head and neck? If its my entire body I think I need to get some diazepam!
Oh and one more question... sorry! I am having my MRI next Thursday morning and seeing the specialist next Friday afternoon. Is it likely that he will have the results of the MRI so quickly?
Any answers gratefully received.