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Doctor Ordered Mri Of Brain

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I'm joining this thread a little late.

I had a brain MRI early on in my illness....when my neurological symptoms were at their worst. Thankfully, nothing showed up. :)

Since then I've come accross many people who have had the UBO's show up in their MRI.....which later turned out to be caused by Lyme Disease. Most were previously misdiagnosed with MS....and the symptoms (including the UBO's) resolved with treatment. MS and Lyme both cause identical looking UBO's....there's no way to differenciate between the 2 diseases from MRI results alone.

In neurologic Lyme Disease, approximately 15-45% of patients may have white matter hyperintensities. These are sometimes also called UBOs or "unidentified bright objects".

In some patients, antibiotic treatment results in a diminution or disappearance of these hyperintensities. Certain MRI sequences are best able to detect hyperintensities; these include FLAIR sequences and Magnetization Transfer methods. These MRI images in Lyme Disease may appear similar to the demyelinated areas seen in the "white matter" of the brain MRI of patients with multiple sclerosis.

http://www.columbia-lyme.org/flatp/brainimg.html

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Get a serum B12 and an MMA. You sound spot on for B12 deficiency which is very common in Celiac. Have they tested your Ferritin? Low iron stores can also cause neurological problems.

You need a lot more tests. Cheap blood tests. But can tell you a lot. Perhaps a new doctor. One that knows more about Celiac.

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So far I don't think any of them have ordered vit/mineral deficiency tests when I brought up malnutrition with my GI he said "yes, yes, there are lots of things caused by the celiac but you are not eating gluten and they will get better"

I plan on going back to my general care Dr (an Internal Med Dr) after my apts with specialists are done and ask her to test for deficiencies and my thyroid.

Its important to know there are two major reasons to have low B12. One is malnutrition ( caused by Celiac or leaky gut damage) but there is also Pernicious Anemia which is an autoimmune disease. PA will not simply 'get better' with a new diet. If you have one autoimmune disease you at greater risk of others - so always consider that aspect as well. There are tests for PA but they are not more than 50% accurate .... so let your instinct be the guide. When you have the Thyroid tests - make sure its the full panel - especially Free T3and Thyroid Antibodies.

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thank you for the advice!

I had my liver biopsy and am waiting on results, have more apts to make, tests to order, and new books to read.

thanks I appreciate the input!

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I saw my Internist and requested all these tests, I was happy she seemed fine with ordering them based on my condition...so now just waiting for the results. Going to have my immediate family request the same plus celiac tests.

Lyme is something else worth looking into too, good grief!

Thanks again!

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Thank you Deb,

But that thread has no expertise or scientific backing of ANY kind. Just a few people talking about B12 levels and one person Mr D giving advice to cut back without any support for his recommendation.

Absorption of dietary B-12 takes place in the very last part of the small intestine, right before the colon. Absorption requires a biochemical helper molecule called

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Amber you may have reacted to something in that B12 (a filler or excipient). Try a different brand. Jarrow is very good and is gluten-free. They come in 1000 mg. Hold under tongue until completely dissolved.

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No they never did and now I'm realizing that I probably do have Hasimoto's

I posted results here also:

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?showtopic=51893

& no had not started any regular supplements at time of testing

...will start B12, D, & calcium daily

You know I have not been going to Drs for 14 years for fun, I'm not happy with how much has been overlooked! :angry: That last set of Lab you guys suggested glad I had them run!

thanks!

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IT took me 12 years to get dx with hypothyroid......but I cant let myself dwell on those years. Looking forward to the future. :)

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yes no point in dwelling on the past, I am just glad the celiac and everything else is being caught at a point in my life where I might be able to get better. Maybe someday I can say "i used to be sick" rather than "i am sick"

it is very exciting to think i can get better & move on with my living my life!

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I've had many MRIs and each one of them is interpreted as MS despite having no symptoms. It is going on 11 years. Funny thing, never once was a single mimic ruled out. Is Celiac considered to be one?

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I've had many MRIs and each one of them is interpreted as MS despite having no symptoms. It is going on 11 years. Funny thing, never once was a single mimic ruled out. Is Celiac considered to be one?

Celiac disease can cause lesions in the brain that doctors call UBO's (unidentified bright objects). These lesions are very similar to the lesions that are found with MS but are not located in the same areas. If you put celiac and UBOs into a search engine you may be able to find more info on this. When I was at my sickest I was thought to have MS, they found multiple lesions but my clueless neuro just shruged his shoulders and said they meant nothing. It wasn't until after I was finally diagnosed celiac and many of my neuro symptoms went by the wayside that I started doing some research and discovered that these lesions were actually diagnostic of celiac. Just not in the US.

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Celiac disease can cause lesions in the brain that doctors call UBO's (unidentified bright objects). These lesions are very similar to the lesions that are found with MS but are not located in the same areas. If you put celiac and UBOs into a search engine you may be able to find more info on this. When I was at my sickest I was thought to have MS, they found multiple lesions but my clueless neuro just shruged his shoulders and said they meant nothing. It wasn't until after I was finally diagnosed celiac and many of my neuro symptoms went by the wayside that I started doing some research and discovered that these lesions were actually diagnostic of celiac. Just not in the US.

I have been seen by 4 neurologists. One said definitely MS. The others have said not MS and struck the diagnosis down. I have PCOS, heavy thyroid issues in family. Also have a brain tumor which has caused me tremendous grief over the years.

Is rouleaux a common finding with celiacs? My CBC always shows rouleaux with normal platelet counts. I must be the surprise in the Cracker Jack box!

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