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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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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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Would "benign cerebellar ectopia" on MRI cause frequent headaches?

Would "benign cerebellar ectopia" on MRI cause frequent headaches?

Tough question: Your question begs an age old question that neurologists and radiologists are forever dealing with- When is "benign" really BENIGN when it comes to contribution to or causation of headaches. That's sometimes not very easy to answer but there are ways to get information that could support a point of view. If you'd like to chat: www.healthtap.com/dr-drsaghafi Use Key Code: PDXFNR for appointment. ...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

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Having so much headaches & pains in your head everyday or every other day can this cause u to have a anuersyum?Ive had mra dec2012 & MRI 4-18-13 norma

Having so much headaches & pains in your head everyday or every other day can this cause u to have a anuersyum?Ive had mra dec2012 & MRI 4-18-13 norma

Aneurysms: Are a very uncommon cause of headaches and then usually do so when they begin leaking blood. Your mra and MRI results show no problems and you should consider seeing a neurologist who specializes in treating headaches. ...Read more

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What causes chronic headaches? I've had a negative brain MRI.

What causes chronic headaches? I've had a negative brain MRI.

Many causes: Headaches can be due to many causes primary headaches 1migraine 2tension headache 3cluster headaches secondary headaches 1excessive use of analgesics 2post head injury(concussion) 3cranial neuralgias due to inflammation of 12 nerves which supply motor;sensation to head;neck 4brai tumors 5high blood pressure 6sinus problems 7pseudotumor cerebri 8 other rare conditions see doctor to find out ...Read more

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What causes daily numbness in cheeks that turns to pain, fullness in ears daily, and headaches? MRI was negative.

What causes daily numbness in cheeks that turns to pain, fullness in ears daily, and headaches? MRI was negative.

Face numbness: If this is on both side, this suggests enlargement of the parotid gland - possibly some kind of allergy or ?? See if eating certain foods bring this on and if applying cold to that area helps. Check out www.hydromedonline.com for information about Clear.ease papaya / bromalein enzymes used to reduce swelling ...Read more

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Have indentions on head, causing constant headache. Want to find out cause. Have had X-ray, MRI, radiation imaging & 17 drs. With no diagnosis.

Have indentions on head, causing constant headache.  Want to find out cause.  Have had X-ray, MRI, radiation imaging & 17 drs. With no diagnosis.

Focus on headache: The indentations have nothing to do with the pain if others doctors have examined you and cleared this. Focus only on the headache and get appropriate treatment. The exact cause of most headaches is not known. But proper diagnosis and treatment usually helps a lot. ...Read more

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What shows up on a brain MRI? Will it reveal the root cause of headaches?

What shows up on a brain MRI? Will it reveal the root cause of headaches?

Sometimes, yes: MRI brain is done in HA mostly to rule out serious problems like tumor, inflammation, infections, abscess causing HA, which is non-responsive to meds, worsening day by day and increase in severity. If you just have plain daily HA, which has been contrast then chances of MRI will show anything is pretty low. I would recommend virtual consult or concierge with me to discuss further. ...Read more

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What causes all over headaches all day? I have rhinitis since April.Neuro doesn't suspect tumor and won't so MRI.Suspects migraine or allergies

What causes all over headaches all day? I have rhinitis since April.Neuro doesn't suspect tumor and won't so MRI.Suspects migraine or allergies

Varies: What you're experiencing is frustrating. In a 29 year old man with a recent history of rhinitis, chronic rhinitis or sinusitis is definitely a consideration. I'd want to know if there were any additional symptoms associated with what you're experiencing. Do you have a family history of headaches as well - this might put migraine higher on my list. A PCP visit is recommended. Take care! ...Read more

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Recent MRI due to headaches discovered brain infarction. Could that be the cause of my headaches and is it possible to figure out when i had a stroke?

Recent MRI due to headaches discovered brain infarction. Could that be the cause of my headaches and is it possible to figure out when i had a stroke?

Not all strokes same: An MRI can tell a tremendous amount about a stroke, including approximately when it happened, the size, and the location. Many people have microvascular disease that leads to small strokes as they age, and they rarely have much significance. An acute stroke, on the other hand, is an emergency. Have a closer look at the MRI report and talk to your doctor about the details of the implications. ...Read more

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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