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I will be doing an MRI scan of my brain and back in 2 months. My neurologist has almost completely ruled out MS (after a physical examination) but she still wants to make sure that I don't have that or some other neurological disease or damage. I suffer from severe visual and memory/cognitive symtoms, which are still worsening 12 months off.

 

I've tried to read about people in wd and MRI scans, but I'm still not sure what to expect or what to believe. Some say their neurologist found lesions in their brain, others found nothing. Perhaps it was different scanning methods. Anyway, what is your experience and knowledge about this? 

 

Is there any valuable information I could share with my neurologist? - I

 

thank you,

 

Oran.

 

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Hi Oran,

 

I can't answer as to whether an MRI would be useful or not in your situation.   But if you decide to have one, please make sure you do it without Gadolinium contrast.  Against my better judgment, I had one with the agent and I ended up in ER due to allergic reactions.   Many people have suffered even worse consequences from having one.

 

Most doctors will claim that contrast is needed to get a clear image but that just isn't the case usually.   Anyway, proceed very carefully.

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Should I be worried about having an MRI done with contrast?  I have MS so I have to do it.

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Yes, you should as gadolinium, the contrast, has caused alot of adverse reactions.   Do a google search.

 

Last year, I stupidly let my doctor talk me into having it only to end up in the ER with allergic reactions.   She insisted it was necessary to get an accurate image which I understand simply is not the case.

 

Never again. 

 

 

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But I have MS..

  • Ativan Mid April 1999-to end of May 1999 ( COLD TURKEY and flushed them down the toilet) I went through hell for 3 months-I had no idea what was happening to me there was no information on the internet about this drug)
  • Zoloft 200mg 1999 to 2017
  • Wellbutrin 2015 6 months Started having exterme anxiety-quit taking switched back to Zoloft ( I have quit about 6 jobs from this time0  Klonopin .5-1.0 of and on for two months (tapered off in Dec-Jan)
  • 15 mg Remeron 2012-presnt
  • **Started tapering down Zoloft 12/?/17 12/09/17 down to 50mg; 12/12/17-12/14-17 Zoloft 100mg; 12/16/201712/19 -Zoloft 150mg; 12/20/17-01/06/18 Zoloft 200mg; 01/07/18-01//18/18 Zoloft 180mg
  • 01/18/18-present Zoloft 200mg
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Sorry, I wasn't clear as I meant to say you should try to have it without being given the contrast.

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I was diagnosed with breast cancer few weeks ago and my doctor wants me to do MRI with contrast (gadolinium). I was told that MRI scan shows where the cancer is exactly and if there are other lesions and without it they don´t know the extent of the surgery. So far it seems that breast conservative surgery might be possible. 

 

But I´m wondering, is MRI with contrast really necessary. I´m really worried about the gadolinium, because I understand it is not very safe medication and some of it can stay in your system (including brain) for months and years. Plus some people get serious health problems and I think people with medication sensitivities are especially vulnerable to adverse effects of any medications. 

 

Has anyone been diagnosed  with breast cancer and didn´t need MRI with contrast or refused it, because of the contrast?

 

I´m just wondering, if there are other options for pre operative tests.  So far I have done a basic mammogram (that showed nothing) and ultrasound (cancer was visible) plus biopsy, of course. Can breast MRI be done without contrast? I have tried to find information about it, but so far it seems, that if it`s cancer, they do that test only with contrast. 

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7 hours ago, asdf said:

But I´m wondering, is MRI with contrast really necessary.

 

You will need to discuss this with your doctor.

 

You might consult Dr. Google to see if there are other ways to do imaging for breast cancer. I'm sure there are forums where breast cancer patients discuss this, they may be more productive than asking here, where we have very few breast cancer patients. It may be that MRI with gadolinium contrast, while not ideal, is the best way to identify the cancer.

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24 minutes ago, Altostrata said:

 

You will need to discuss this with your doctor.

 

You might consult Dr. Google to see if there are other ways to do imaging for breast cancer. I'm sure there are forums where breast cancer patients discuss this, they may be more productive than asking here, where we have very few breast cancer patients. It may be that MRI with gadolinium contrast, while not ideal, is the best way to identify the cancer.

Yes, of course I`m discussing it with my doctor. And looking it up on internet. And searching from other forums and people. 

But I am also asking it here, because there might be somebody, who has been in similar situation. People in withdrawal and sensitive to medications are most likely to be cautious about medications and to ask questions about tests and medications. 

 

And if I find out something, hopefully this will help somebody, who comes to this topic with similar question. 

On and off several drugs since 1995.

2009: march - sulpiride 100 mg (AP Betamaks), quetiapine 25 mg ,stopped both by the end of the year

09. 2010: sulpiride 100 mg, quetiapine 25 mg, zopiclone 3,75 mg, anafranil (stopped anafranil after three months, had side effects), bromazepam occasionally

03.2012: started lamotrigine (lamictal) 75 mg

03.2013-12.2014 tapered sulpiride, last dose december 2013

02.2014-06.2014 lamictal from 75 mg to 65 mg; 11.2014-05.2015 lamictal from 65 mg to 15 mg, zopiclone from 3,75 to 2,5

08.2015-01.2016: insomnia (at first due to personal crisis), started taking extra zopiclone as needed, doses different, every day 3,75-7 mg, sometimes more), developed withdrawal insomnia.

04.2016 zopiclone interdose withdrawal, started crossover from zopiclone to diazepam

02.2019: lamictal 15 mg, quetiapine 25 mg, zopiclone 0,54 mg, diazepam 5 mg

 

 

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