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I had a cervical MRI in 2013 with the following abnormality:

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Hi, I had a cervical MRI in 2013 with the following abnormality: "Indeterminate 3-mm focal hyperintense signal in the central cord slightly to the right of the midline at the level of the C7 vertebral body."
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Customer: Now, in April of 2016, I have another cervical MRI with the following abnormality: "small focus of abnormal high signal in the cord at C5-C6 involving the left grey matter...." I have been dx with spinocerebellar ataxia, dysautonomia, and Multiple System Atrophy. I have spastic muscles -- I take 150% of the maximum dose of baclofen (120 mg), plus 3600 mg of neurontin, and 1500 mg of Keppra. But here's part of the problem:
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My brain MRI in 2012 showed cerebellar degeneration. The problem is the first neurologist I saw at this hospital told me I was fine before my brain MRI in 2012. He never gave me the results afterwards. He wouldn't even see me. I went to another neurologist who ultimately dx me with MSA-C. He told me nothing can be done to help me, that I am going to die, so I went home, devastated, and have been waiting to die. The problem is that while I have health issues that are getting worse -- I now have gastroparesis and its bad enough that I can't eat vegetables or anything more than something like a bowl of oat bran (a 1/4 C serving) or a 1/2 C of Greek yogurt with blueberries -- I wasn't deteriorating fast enough, so the endowed Chair of Cleveland Clnic's Neuroscience Institute n Weston, FL, stopped treating me without an explanation. Now I'm getting pain management help from the first hospital. I get trigger point injections twice every 6 weeks. I go one week to get injections in my neck and shoulders, then I go the next week to get injections in my lower back, and then repeat in 6 weeks. They do it that way so they can give me the max medication. They've never done this for anyone else according to the docs and nurses. I also get bilateral occipital nerve blocks every 3 months because I have migraines and constant pain at the base of my skull. I also have vision problems. I have had abnormal eye exams since 2008 (I've been on disability for spinocerebellar ataxia since 2010). At my last exam the doctor said there's a problem with the nerves that enervate the optic muscles (I have double vision). My question is, are the MRI results suggestive of MS?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I just want to know what's wrong with me and because doctors have made mistakes, they're treating me while trying to say I'm not all that sick. It's actually quite bizarre.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I need to sleep now. A phone call this afternoon would be great. I'm wiped out.
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