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    White matter ?
    lepman posted:
    Looking over some of my Neurology Doc's notes I found something about White Matter...What is this and how is it checked for?
    Rory26312 responded:

    From a quick read elsewhere on Webmd I think white matter is basically the central nervous system that being the case any mention your doctor makes to it is vital one way or the other to a diagnosis of MS.

    You should try to get a copy of the Mri report of the place where it was done , this is quiet commonplace in the civilian world but with the VA other rules may apply.

    Also you should check out your rights to a second opinion again commonplace in the civilian world

    Hope you can get the help you need

    shannonbalsley replied to Rory26312's response:
    I go through the va system, all you have to do is ask for a dvd of your mri and they will give it to you.
    lepman replied to shannonbalsley's response:
    Not that easy for me...asked and asked they keep blowing me off.
    lepman replied to Rory26312's response:
    Second opinion ? Didn't even get a first one yet, Neurologist Doctor keeps going from Vestibular Disorder and back to Neurological then tells me it's Physiological then to vestibular after seeing the physiologists then back to Neurological after see the E.N.T Doctors....If they would all work together maybe they could narrow this down to what it actually is.....
    Neil S Lava, MD responded:
    When you look at the brain you see areas that appear glistening white and others that are greyish. We call this white matter and grey matter. The white matter is "white" because these are the nerves that are covered by myelin. And as you know, multiple sclerosis is a disease that attacks the white matter - the myelin- and when this area is damaged the scars (or plaques) are greyish in color because of the loss of the myelin.
    lepman replied to Neil S Lava, MD's response:
    Thanks for replying Doc. I have recently E-mailed a M.S specialist that I have found through this site from Nero ratings .com Dr. Shrivapour at the University of Iowa. I explained all my symptoms and didn't really expect a response. I don't think it was even more than 2 minutes after I wrote him and he called me. And told me from everything that is happening to me he Suspects this to be M.S as well and set me up with an appointment at the end of this month to have an Evoked Potential test done. I don't know much about this test or in how accurate this will be in diagnosis, but I think this may shed some light either way.

    Again thanks and I hope this will Find or at least point to the right direction for a diagnosis and treatment.

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