At first I didn't quite understand (and still don't really) what it meant. The neuro went on to tell me that he didn't quite understand the radiologist's notes and that he needed to speak with them to see what they were trying to report. The neuro went on to tell me it could be MS or I could have been having "mini" strokes.
He told me the white spots would be somewhat normal if I was an 80 yr old but since I am only 48 yrs old we should look into the reason further.
Like you this has somewhat scared the hell out of me too but the neuro assured me that I shouldn't be paranoid (?) and said we would discuss it more my next visit.
May I ask what symptoms lead you to have the MRI that showed the "white spots"?
I have had debilitating pain such as muscle spasms, shooting pains and weekness in my neck, arms, hands, etc.
At first it was localized to my right side but continues moving to my left side and to my legs and feet.
I did have neck surgery C-5,C-6 ACDF, 3 yrs ago do to the chronic pain but the surgery only made matters worse.
If you find out anything else will you please post? I will do the same.
migarines only have the symtons for aslong as it lasts, maybe 24 hrs, if your symtoms are lasting weeks or months or you are noticing things are different each time you get numb then its not migranes, also do you get burning feet or hands?, are you interested in sex?, are you always tired?,
are you forgetting things?
have they put you on disprin?
its a scarey thing and you know something is wrong, just listen to yourself
The neurologist I am currently seeing told me there could be several reasons for white spots at my age. It could be MS. I could have suffered what is termed as a "mini" stroke or it could be a loose artifact.
I am no doctor and do not claim to be an expert on this. I'm only reciting what my doctor told me.
Is your mother under going further testing?
Personally I feel it would be a wise choice for her to do so.
I have to admit when I first heard MS I was a little shaken up. I think of MS in terms of total disablement. When I started doing research I discovered that there are several new medicines that will help with the progression of MS so it is wise to get diagnosed as soon as possible.
I am still under going test to find out if this is my problem or not.
I just wanted to try to ease your fears somewhat with this email as I did my daughter's.
Modern medicine (though very costly!) is a modern miracle in my eyes. Many illnesses once considered extremely bad can be cured or slowed down. (What a wonderful world!).
If your mother's doctor thinks it necessary to do further testing please urge her to do so.
Hope I've helped you.
It appears (from a spinal tap) that I have had a "mini" stroke at one time or another.
I only got the test results from the doctor's nurse. I'm still awaiting an office visit with my neuro.
At the age of 38 I experiences: Something that sound like to this. I was talking a drop to the floor.. it was company with a tremble, Headache and weakness. I thought I had a seizure but I was still aware. It did last long about less than 1 minute. Knowing that when I have a seizure it doesn’t feel that way.
My left side was paralyzed, I have weakness, Numbness and the Headache last for days will I was in the Hospital. My hands sweat and swell, my feet swell. I have numbness in My left arm and legs.. I also have dizziness, tingling and Vision problems I see stars sometimes. I was in a wheel chair they said the I could have had a stroke but there is no Normal evidence in my brain that show this.. of a Stroke.
Also, they say in may be Migraines. But I can wake out of a complete sleep and the tiredness’ and the weakness along with the dizziness and tingling last for days…
And the Headache does feel like a Normal Headache. Because they occur during my sleep and awaking out of sleep..
Did a MRI and it show the spots they said that my brain looked the age of 70 year old..
Now I am 41 the doctor don’t know what the spots are they just say they haven’t change.
But by looking at the MRI they are complete circle white 4 spots two on left side and two on the right side.
If you could but both half of brain on top on one another the spots could almost match up.
Nero said Yes many people have white spots on there brain but it when they get old Not at my age..
I wish if some else get any more information please post..
I was having difficulty with learning somethings in a college class. I have returned to school after a 30 year absence. I have a degree, but I was not beeing successful with my classes. I became alarmed at this and went to a neurologist to see if there was something wrong with my brain. I had an MRI and compared with an MRI I had had 7 years earlier, I was told that I had more white spots.
The doctor could not detect any cognitive impairment and suggested that I see a cardiologist. The cardiologist checked me and discovered that I have a hole in my heart, a pretty good sized one at that. What has this to do with white spots? I'll tell you. When you have a hole in the wall between the atria of your heart, the blood does not circulate properly and tiny clots can be taken to the brain by the circulating blood. The cardiologist did a test called a transcranial doppler test. They inject harmless microbubbles into a vein in your arm and the doppler "hears" them as they travel up the carotid arteries. Sometimes the tiny clots also travel to the brain and cause a tiny amount of damage. This is only one cause of white spots.
Anyway, I had a proceedure done to correct the hole-it is a non-surgical proceedure- and now I don't have to worry about this cause of white spots. But we also discovered that my 16 year old son has this problem also.
One of the hallmarks of this problem is migraine headaches. It might be worth a person's time to ake to have one of these tests done.
Talk to your neurologist, your family practitioner, or your cardiologist. Good luck!