Surupe wrote:Hi there!
I was hoping somebody with a medical background could help me interpret my neurologists report. I had a brain MRI last week and won’t be able to see her for a few weeks. I’m freaking out a bit based on her impressions. I’ve attached the report to this post as it’s difficult to type the whole thing. Thanks so much!!
Happy 4th of July Surupe!
I hope my special educator friend has been able to put aside IEPs and enjoy more sleep as a silver lining of the last several months of schools being closed. As you know from past posts, I do not have any right to comment on an MRI report--but I do know what it's like to wait weeks for results, and have had friends waiting for neurologists to explain troubling phrases.
Here's my advice: I see a lot of good news on the report (no tumors, no strokes, no sinus problems, no history of skull fractures, normal blood vessel flow) and note of some small white matter hyperintensities. I asked a neurologist friend about this two years ago when someone told me she was concerned over an MRI that showed she had some and his response was "everyone has some of these as they get older--I have a friend with 80 and she's still doing research!" So while it might be something that the neurologist will want to address, from what I understand it is likely NOT related to Alzheimer's, but rather to your known family history of vascular illness. Since you've been such a standout athlete and are addressing all your varied dietary needs, your neurologist may say "well that's interesting, but not very predictive and here's what we're going to do about it." Remember: You're the same smart person you were before the MRI; it's only imaging; what researchers call a "biomarker". The more I sit on advisory panels, the more I realize that "biomarkers' are a lot like aptitude tests in school: interesting and sometimes helpful, but rarely telling us that only one path lies ahead. it always comes back to "But what is actually going on in your life?"