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Dr. Ravi Chand
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


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I get a headache just about everyday. Had MRI which was normal. No cause of them. Can headaches just happen? What is a headache

I get a headache just about everyday. Had MRI which was normal. No cause of them. Can headaches just happen? What is a headache

Yes: The vast majority of headache sufferers have no abnormality on brain imaging. This can be frustrating to patients because they want to see a clear source of their pain. Our understanding of pain associated with headaches is complicated and lacking in a clear cause. So the short answer is, headaches just happen. ...Read more

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When you get a MRI to look for headache causes. Would they also see if you had like MS or somethin other involving you head?

When you get a MRI to look for headache causes. Would they also see if you had like MS or somethin other involving you head?

Yes: Mri testing is considered the test of choice to support the clinical diagnosis of ms (multiple sclerosis). It would also be important for other intracranial processes such as tumors or vascular malformations. ...Read more

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Headaches for months, had a MRI to look at puturity glan for something else, could they have missed something serious that cause the h/aches?

Headaches for months, had a MRI to look at puturity glan for something else, could they have missed something serious that cause the h/aches?

Very unlikely: Mri is very sensitive for tumors and other lesions that can cause headaches. However, the vast majority of patients having MRI to assess for headaches have a normal exam. ...Read more

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What causes forgetfulness? I've gotten much worse over the past year- only 38y/o. Had MRI 1 yr ago after bizarre headaches. Didn't show anything.

What causes forgetfulness? I've gotten much worse over the past year- only 38y/o.  Had MRI 1 yr ago after bizarre headaches. Didn't show anything.

Forgetfulnes: First a neuro pschological test wil identify deficits if any. Make sure the MRI included careful scanning of the pituitary gland to rule out pituary adenoma. There is now a pet scan test to diagnose or evaluate dementia certain migraine headaches can cause have to rule out subclinical temporal lobe dysfunction. ...Read more

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Ibump on my backhead left lower causes me chronic pain/headaches. MRI shows nothing. What could it be? Have had it for 5 years. Only getting worse.

Hard to say: Might it be a sebaceous cyst? Might it be chronic inflammation at muscle insertions? There is an answer but it doesn't surprise me the MRI was negative. What does a formal palpatory exam reveal? Start with your pcp and get a referral if need be. ...Read more

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I have 24/7 headache in forehead. Dr said tension. MRI was clean. I sleep with fan in my face all night. Could it be the cause or making worse?

I have 24/7 headache in forehead. Dr said tension. MRI was clean. I sleep with fan in my face all night. Could it be the cause or making worse?

Persistent headache : Does it occur in cold weather too? Does it go away with tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen? Do you have stuffy nose or nasal allergies? Is your B/P ok, did have an eye exam lately? I don't think the fan has anything to do with it. Try to sleep without the fan one night & see what happens may be it dry your nasal mucosa, use aline nose drops before bed time. If they persisted consult a neurologist . Good luck ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more