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Brain Surgery Anyone?

When I turned 44, I was working at a hospital, and enjoying it, as well as raising the last of my four children. I noticed when I charted that my hands would tremor. My family also started telling me that I was forgetting things. Things they had told me or I had told them.

I consulted my primary care doctor who ran an MRI. I had a large lesion on my brain. He proceeded to tell me that I would need brain surgery to biopsy the lesion. I was mortified!

Luckily, he sent me to a skilled neurologist, who didn’t recommend brain surgery, but did recommend a spinal tap. I was diagnosed with MS on September 18th, 2014.

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  • Nancy W
    1 year ago

    When I was going through the diagnosis process, I had a cerebral angiogram because they thought they saw an aneurysm . Not brain surgery, but scary just the same. Then an interesting thing happened. A friend of mine with MS had a ‘routine’ MRI that showed an aneurysm and she did have brain surgery. It was unrelated to her MS, but the MRI that she had for MS may have saved her life because it found the aneurysm.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi KCDavis! Wow! I am so glad you were referred to a skilled neurologist! While I am not a medical professional, I will say that I have not read of any of our members having a brain biopsy on a suspected lesion. There are other diagnostic tools used to diagnose MS. I bet you are already quite familiar with these criteria, but I thought I would share them here — I am interested in any feedback you may receive from our members, as I have not read of this particular situation before.

    I hope you and your neurologist have created a treatment plan that is working for you! Thank you for sharing!

    Best, Erin, Team Member.

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