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MRI of hand and wrist- questions/advice

PostPosted: October 15th, 2014, 5:45 am
by Xina535
Been dealing with some messed up symptoms. Throat and voice issues, right side chest pain, and right hand weakening grip and what many believe is fat atrophy (not muscle). All blood tests are normal, incld. thyroid and ANA. EMG at end of May was only on my LEFT arm and leg.

For my hand:
My orthopedic ordered an MRI of my hand and wrist. He could not tell anything by the X-ray, and said I have "wrist instability", but he can't tell anymore than that.

Question: can the MRI tell if I have muscle atrophy or can it pick up MND in any manner (like seeing if the nerves are dead or dying/disconnecting)? Would it be able to tell why my thumb area is thinner (like cause of fat atrophy, if this is what that is)? I read that it can show muscle, tissue, tendons and nerves, but I did not read up or search if it can tell if MND is happening.

Re: MRI of hand and wrist- questions/advice

PostPosted: October 15th, 2014, 6:43 am
by Yuliasir
Nope. MRI is to see your soft tissues and nerves but not if they are dying or not. Your nerve routes would be seen, any tendon tears etc would be seen too, muscle inflammation, tendinitis - this is what MRI can reveal.

Re: MRI of hand and wrist- questions/advice

PostPosted: October 15th, 2014, 7:24 am
by Xina535
thanks! so it can't rule out MND either, right?

and it can see nerve roots, in my hand? I always thought of nerve roots being at my spine or in my brain.

Re: MRI of hand and wrist- questions/advice

PostPosted: October 15th, 2014, 7:25 am
by Yuliasir
nope, only axons of course. nerve routes I mean, sorry for my English - how your nerves are routed, if they are twisted or pinched or otherwise dispalced.

Re: MRI of hand and wrist- questions/advice

PostPosted: October 15th, 2014, 7:30 am
by Xina535
ok this is great to know!!!

Re: MRI of hand and wrist- questions/advice

PostPosted: October 16th, 2014, 3:01 am
by Xina535
MRI appt is 23-Oct and I get the results read to me on 27-Oct.

I HOPE TO EVERYTHING something is found. This sounds crazy, but I need real treatment for this issue! If they can see it's carpal tunnel, or some sort of tendonitis, then they'll know what I need to get better.