Is Brain MRI Worth the Risk? Ordered by Infectionist, Because of Neurological Symptoms

Discussion in 'Support' started by Arseny, May 15, 2019.

    1. Arseny

      Arseny Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possibly from problems with blood flow

      Some of you know that back in November a brain MRI I had resulted in severe tinnitus and hyperacusis. It has gotten better since then.

      Now I'm being ordered to redo it, because I'm experiencing a large variety of neurological symptoms and doctors suspect that some sort of herpes virus or Lyme could have caused structural changes to the brain.

      I don't know if it's worth it or not.
      I don't know how it can improve options for treatment or diagnosis. I guess she's fishing for lesions or MS? I don't think I have any of that.

      Doctors have given me dexamethasone in February when my neurological symptoms got slowly worse.
      But the thing is that 90% of these symptoms can be explained by the instability in my neck vertebrae.

      The most prominent symptoms are:
      Brain fog
      Visual snow, after images, light sensitivity
      Stiff neck
      "Flu like" pain in legs
      Heart palpitations
      POTS (maybe caused my neck issues too)

      Does anyone know if doing an MRI in this situation is worth it?

      I'm sorry if it's a wrong place to post it, but I'm not sure what to do.
    2. Greg Sacramento

      Greg Sacramento Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      syringing and now somatic T dental work
      It might be linked to autoimmune activity because endothelial cells are key immune monitoring and signaling cells that could "call in" an immune response when they observe problems, such as a persistent failure to manage homeostasis with respect to shear stress inside blood vessels and arteries. So problems of joints, muscles, TMJ, opacities of anterior and lateral to the optic chiasm (optic canals) or any system response may also involve blood flow of arteries and often the arteries or cranial nerves within the neck are noted. Joint space narrowing, sclerosis, flattening and osteophyte formation can be noted in the medium atlantoaxial joint.

      Have you had an EKG and ultrasound of neck and thyroid? Lots of blood work? Do you have a low grade temperature? A CT of neck is helpful, but then there's the radiation factors to consider.

      @Arseny If your tinnitus is calmer and maybe silent when awakening and/or at other different times then it may have been hypertension of neck causing intercranial pressure and a brief period with slower blood flow. Neck problems may have started from muscle spasms and medium atlantoaxial joint pressure. Brain fog and some other symptoms may improve with time.
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