• Anonymous
      April 13, 2010 at 10:32 am

      [I]this was first published eons ago and first appeared on the internet 5 years ago, but there is an interesting hypothesis … so how many of us have had an MRI? … but with gadolinium? I had an MRI w/contrast. The conclusion was “iffy” … could be they see a previous injury or something similar, etc.[/I]

      [I]This was from the Annals of Neurology:[/I]

      [COLOR=”Navy”]We report a patient with biopsy proven chromic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy whose magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated abnormal enhancement of the cauda equina after administration of gadolinium. Enhancement may reflect alteration of the blood- nerve barrier seconday to inflammation. Magnetic resonance imaging of th cauda equina could be a useful adjunct in the early diagnosis of chronic inflammatory demyelinationg polyneuropathy.[/COLOR]

    • Anonymous
      April 14, 2010 at 9:26 pm

      I just had a brain MRI last week with Gado, and there was no mention of a problem with this, but I wonder if it’s something they would naturally look for, or if it would have to be specified. I’m going to check on that…

    • Anonymous
      April 15, 2010 at 11:00 am

      Shows how stupid I am…did a little research….the Cauda Equina is not in the brain…it’s at the “other end”…:p The Lumbar section…! Think it said something about the name originating because the group of nerves at the base of your spine resembles a “horse’s tail”. 🙂

      Good thing I can still laugh at myself…God knows, everyone else does!!

    • Anonymous
      April 16, 2010 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks, Elmo!
      I laughed out loud at your comment. Keep that sense of humor, it’s wonderful.

    • Anonymous
      April 18, 2010 at 7:11 pm

      Let me tell you the reaction during an MRI was one very scary event. That had to be repeated, no less! At least there was no anaphylaxis in the mix…yet! WHEW!
      After talking to the specialist who’d ordered it? NEVER AGAIN! I get the full PET scan now…And I almost believe I ‘glow’ for days after. But, The PET gets a whole heap of things the basic MRI’s never will. Because of that radiation? Every little problem that has, might be or is in the process of developing shows up! Further? It’s saved me from many more ‘basic tests’ that are ‘inconclusive’ in the long run.
      BTW? I think there are other ‘contrast’ mediums than the ‘gad’ that can be used if you are sensitive? Only they aren’t as effective.. Trade offs everywhere. Good luck!

    • April 19, 2010 at 9:33 am

      There are class action lawsuits for those who have had reactions to the glad.

    • Anonymous
      April 19, 2010 at 11:42 pm

      w/ having more than three things wrong w/you is that you are not a perfect candidate to ‘qualify’ for such suits… Even then it’s a gamble. And, I’ve more than 3 things wrong. Fortunately my reaction didn’t last longer than about 2 weeks of very active hives+burning at the injection site, and I won’t miss that in the future!
      Honestly? I’m almost grateful for the cancer & their follow-ups because those PET scans are catching all sorts of potential or existing problems! Insurances can be fussy about these tests? They are NOT CHEAP by any means, but they are relatively painless and almost pleasant compared to many.
      COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS that you don’t have reactions to Gad….etc. because if you do? The itching and headaches are not fun!
      Good luck in tests to all, and hope for good results! AS in? YOU ARE NOT CRAZY! Yep, you have IT. At least then?, you know what you have to deal with.