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Another Update.

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I had my appointment on Friday and came away not knowing any more than I knew before. The MRI of my brain came back normal so the next step is to have another MRI of my spinal cord along with a lumbar puncture to obtain a sample of spinal fluid for examination. At this point, we have been able to rule out any blood born diseases, stroke, infections and tumors. This pretty much leaves us with the neurological conditions that they have suspected from the beginning.

My neurologist is still leaning towards Multiple Sclerosis, but said that there are a few other neuro-muscular diseases  that mimic MS. In the next MRI, we are looking for scarring on the lateral tracts of my spinal cord or demyelination on the nerves on the spine. More than one clonal band in the cerebrospinal fluid would suggest MS, but does not confirm nor rule it out. About 80% of patients with oligoclonal bands (meaning more than one clonal band) have MS. A patient can have MS and not have oligoclonal bands.

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.. AKA, Lou Gehrig’s) is highly unlikely because my lower motor neurons are functioning very well. However, PLS  (Primary Lateral Sclerosis) is still a possibility, albeit very unlikely due to the rarity of PLS. Both of these are also considered to be unlikely .

14 thoughts on “Another Update.

  1. Ooooh! I’d love to shop for a cane! I bet I can find ya a real good one!!

  2. I think this one is nice. http://www.walkingcanedepot.com/antler/antler.asp

    I hope they find something soon friend.

  3. Oh poor, poor, Anthropolis. *sigh*
    Not only do you have poor taste in walking sticks, but you aparently don’t know your subject very well. That’s way too decorative for him. Try something a little more mellow and refined. That’s our old boss- mellow and refined. *sigh* you need a wife Mr. Anthropolis. She would train you in the ways of gift giving.

  4. Am I reading you right? Are you volunteering to be my wife? I knew you always had it for me 😉

    Hows about this one? Nothing says refined like genuine snake skin!

    http://www.fashionablecanes.com/80780.html

  5. eeewwww gross! Oh, and I don’t like the snake skin either 🙂

  6. This is more along the lines of what I’m thinking.

    http://www.hartfordyork.com/product/1294/walking-sticks

  7. If you’re looking for trashy check out the Bonnie Raitt stick on this site

    http://www.wilsonwalkingsticks.com/themed1.htm

    Seriously though, I like this one. Mostly subtle with just a little flair

    http://fayetcanesusa.com/details.php?id=192

  8. I don’t like the Bonnie Raitt stick but I like the 2nd one!

  9. I like that one too. I wonder why Aaron hasn’t given his opinion? Maybe we’re all off!

  10. Hey all, thanks for all the suggestion. Some were good.. some were odd. I think I may get this one that Jami found for me

    http://cdn.overstock.com/images/products/L10098407a.jpg

  11. Yeah, that’s kind of like the one I was thinking of too.

  12. Whatever Anthropolis! Your such a liar!

  13. Denise

    I think you need one like like Dr. Gregory house got. Get the flames. It makes you look like your moving really fast! LOL! Just kidding. I had to use one for a year. I was trying to remember what it looked like. That was back when I was recovering from ankle surgery and therapy. I had a nice one. I think it was all wood with some metal on it. Good luck finding one that you like.

    Denise

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