|5/24/2011||BLOOD UREA NITROGEN, SERUM|
|5/24/2011||ALT (ALANINE AMINOTRANSFERASE), SERUM|
5/24/2011 LEAD, BLOOD
All my numbers are within normal range. My potassium levels were just 1 point above average so everything seems to be fine at the moment. Whether they were elevated a month ago when I was still taking 750mg of potassium I don’t know, never will but at the moment I am no longer taking potassium supplements and my levels are ok.
Now the kind of bad news: Picked up my MRI films today (well they are on a disk) and reviewed the MRI report. I’m not sure if I mentioned this before on my blog but the last Neurologist I saw who IS a complete idiot had sent me a simple, short, letter in the mail saying that nothing has changed on my MRI, everything is the same as the last. Well, wonder what the report says?
Again seen are multiple scattered hyperintense T2 lesions in the periventricular white matter. Three of the lesions are new in the right frontal and temporal periventricular white matter. One lesion in the right splenium of the corpus callosum is no longer evident on this exam. No abnormal enhancement following the administration of contrast.
No acute hemorrhage or acute infarct.
The ventricles are within limits.
No midline shift. Midline structures are preserved.
Central flow voids are seen.
The paranasal sinuses mastoid air cells are clear.”
Now I couldn’t tell you exactly what all this means YET* but I can guess with great confidence that this implies that something is DIFFERENT then my last MRI like the part where it says “Three of the lesions are new“. So either my neurologist didn’t actually read the full report, is completely incompetent, or he flat out lied to me since I hurt his fragile ego and sent him a nasty letter. He can expect another nasty letter and I am definitely filing a formal complaint. I mean, had I not obtained my medical records and reviewed the report myself would have had to go on to believe that what he said was true and that nothing had changed. This information is crucial in my choosing of therapy and could have ultimately resulted in permanent nerve damage, who knows! Bottom line is he is messing with my health now and I have not been this angry in a long, long, time.
So anyways, I have some research to do so I can figure out exactly what this report is talking about. I get the basics but I want to know what all the detailed terminology is. On the MRI itself there are lots of really light spots, some are even really tiny but I can’t tell if they are lesions or just white matter. All I know is I didn’t see those on my last MRI so I’ll have to try to compare the two. But I circled what looked like the main lesions on a few of the scans. What does this mean? I don’t know. I think it means I need a REAL neurologist’s opinion and I need some new treatment plans because obviously I am getting worse, not horribly worse, but I’m not getting better.
Just for the record: SHAWN KAZUO HIGUCHI is the neurologist I last saw. I do not recommend that ANYONE visit this guy…