High anxiety about scattered white matter on mri. Have had anxiety issues for years. Ms symptoms and anxiety symptoms are simular. Should I worry?

Get answers. Your description does not definitely rule in or out possibility that lesions are of MS origin. They may well be due to other problems, such as migraine, head injury, smoking, hypertension. Anxiety is NOT a cardinal sign of MS. Discuss fully with your doctor and decide the next steps.
Worry? Worry is unproductive so i usually advise against that. Planning for how to cope with whatever life throws at us is likely to be much more helpful and productive than worrying. I think thoughtful planning is a good thing.
No. Don't worry about laboratory results. Consult with your treating physician who ordered these tests and discuss the likely scenarios. Yes, some symptoms of ms overlap with anxiety, but there are usually clear and distinct differences. Don't try to interpret these test results alone...They will just worsen your already present anxiety. Talk to your doctor.
Why was MRI done? It is my understanding that there can be a number of causes for scattered white matter lesions on mri. What symptoms were you having that prompted the MRI being done? Along with the anxiety, do you have any conditions like diabetes, hypertension, or migraine headaches? Further medical evaluation is indicated. This link may be of help to you: http://braindiseases.Info/mri_white_matter_lesions.

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How do I send you my copy of mri's for review and my medical history? I have MS symptoms and undetermined stroke. I have lesions in the white matter

No mechanism. If you need in-depth advise, you should make an appointment to see a consultant that is board certified in the specialty you seek advise for. It is not possible to give in-depth consultation through services such as this one. You should see a board certifies neurologist at a major university teaching hospital. Read more...
Local Neurologist. Best to find a local neurologist who can examine you and put things in perspective. Sending any sensitive medical information over the internet is not recommended. Anyone soliciting patients to send their images for a "free evaluation" should be watched with great suspicion. Such practices are unethical and likely to violate state and federal laws. Read more...
This needs diagnosis. The MRI data may show white matter lesions, but unless your history and exam suggest ms, you could instead have a micro-vascular angiopathy, which would be more in keeping with stroke risks, and if you have had a stroke, this needs intervention. Sounds like a firm diagnosis has yet to come, so see your doc and get all of this addressed, asap. Get a local neurologist, as we cannot be with you. Read more...

I have been having MS symptoms for a while. Just got back my MRI and it says I have a 5mm lesion right frontal periventricular white matter. Ms possib

Its possible. These lesions in the white matter can be caused by ms. Other possibilities include aging changes (chronic microvascular ischemia), tiny infarcts, migraine headaches, vasculitis, etc. That is why ms remains a clinical diagnosis and your doctor will use the MRI findings, your symptoms, and possibly other tests to see if ms is likely. Read more...
Possible but... As dr. Daniel mentions, there are other possible causes of white matter lesions on mri's. I'm writing to mention another possible cause to consider is neuroborreliosis/lyme infection of the nervous system.Some docs feel half of those diagnosed with ms actually have lyme disease! see http://lymemd.Blogspot.Com/2009/01/doctor-do-i-have-lyme-or-ms.Html & http://www.Lymeinfo.Net/multiplesclerosis.Html. Read more...
Other thoughts. One 5 mm lesion does not fulfill mcdonald's criteria which was designed to define those individuals who are likely to develop ms by mri. Your doctor would probably want further testing including veps (visual evoked potentials), oct (optical coherence tomography), mris of the spine, labs, and possibly a lumbar puncture. Good luck and well wishes. Read more...
Not consistent. You have one lesion, and MS is "multiple sclerosis". Did you have head injury at one time? Other explanations exist. See a neurologist or neurosurgeon and explore what caused this lesion. Read more...