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What causes dizziness and facial numbness in a 31 year old man?

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Posted on Wed, 11 May 2016
Question: Male 31 years old.

Have had some dizzyness, facial numbness, and some other strange symptoms over the years that could mimic MS.

However my MRIs have always been clear. Does that pretty much rule out MS or can it still be a possibility ?

Thanks
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (28 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
No single test including MRI to confirm/exclude MS.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for using HCM.

I have read your question and understand your concerns.

There is no single test to confirm or rule out multiple sclerosis as a diagnosis, including MRI.

Even if MRI-s resulted negative (I assume both, brain and spinal cord MRI-s), other tests are needed to confirm/exclude MS, if suspected clinically.

These tests include spinal tap and cerebrospinal fluid examination, evoked potentials.

Hope you found the answer helpful.

I remain at your disposal for further questions and clarifications.

Take care.



Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
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What symptoms / signs would be clinically warranted ?
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (49 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Symptoms differ from person to person..

Detailed Answer:
Welcome back and thanks for being on follow up.

Symptoms of MS change in time (remitting/relapsing) and differ from person to person.

Main symptoms of MS are:

- loss of vision in one eye, pain in eyeball movements

- numbness, weakness of limbs, trunk

- tingling in different body parts

- fatigue, double vision, slurred speech

- unsteady gait, dizziness

- bowel and bladder function impairment

Hope this helps.

Regards.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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What causes dizziness and facial numbness in a 31 year old man?

Brief Answer: No single test including MRI to confirm/exclude MS. Detailed Answer: Hello and thanks for using HCM. I have read your question and understand your concerns. There is no single test to confirm or rule out multiple sclerosis as a diagnosis, including MRI. Even if MRI-s resulted negative (I assume both, brain and spinal cord MRI-s), other tests are needed to confirm/exclude MS, if suspected clinically. These tests include spinal tap and cerebrospinal fluid examination, evoked potentials. Hope you found the answer helpful. I remain at your disposal for further questions and clarifications. Take care.