Do you have an MS diagnosis? I'm not sure of the context of your question and how it relates to MS.
In my own experience questioning my dentist about implants, I think the major determining factor is whether you have enough healthy bone in your jaw to support an implant, since the implant itself serves as a "root" for the new crown. It is a decision made with the input of your dentist and a review of your unique circumstances.
It's really maddening to have these symptoms and not get adequate answers and treatment.
My initial thoughts are:
1. They shouldn't rule out MS just because your LP was negative and there were no brain lesions;
2. Fibro doesn't cause brain/spine lesions;
3. There are other symptom medications to try besides the ones you've listed.
It can take a lot of time to get an accurate diagnosis and to find symptom treatments that work for you.
Have you considered seeing an MS specialist for a second opinion? It wouldn't be a waste of time. Contact your local chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for a list of specialists in your area.
I hope you'll get some answers soon, and can find something to make you feel more comfortable. You might press your doc about the importance of relieving your symptoms and ask about meds you haven't tried yet. You might even do an internet search on meds that are used for your particular symptoms, take notes, and ask your doc about them.
We have to be our own advocates and insist that our doctors investigate further. If they aren't interested, there are other docs that might have a different perspective/attitude about your case.
What a stressful and bizarre experience, I don't blame you for feeling confused, freaked out, and at a loss for what to do next.
My advice is to meet with your neuro and hear what she has to say about it. Then find an MS specialist and have them review your scans, etc. for a second opinion.
Show up for your annual follow-up x-rays and meeting with the oncologist.
You might want to do some research on hemangiomas and MS (apparently it's a common thing, sometimes characterized as nothing more harmful than having a freckle!) and ask your neuro some questions when you see her. Remember that you are in charge of your disease management, and that means researching and being prepared to talk to these people so you can get some answers and direction about investigating it further. Getting a second opinion is always a good idea. I know it sounds like a pain, but I don't think ignoring it is a good alternative (if you were considering doing that).
The first thing that grabbed my attention was that you've only had one flare. It made me wonder about your MS diagnosis.
I hope you'll let us know what you decide to do, I'm concerned about you. Keep in touch, Suzanne.
Jessica, her comment about the two brain lesions being "nothing because you're showing no signs of it" does trouble me. Your facial symptoms could be a sign in itself, and put that together with the swallowing problem and the others you've described, you could possibly be in the early stages.
That said, it does often take time to investigate these symptoms and rule out the numerous other causes. A hundred other medical conditions share similar symptoms with MS. If you strongly suspect MS, you might consider getting a second opinion from an MS specialist.
Contact your local chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for a list of MS specialists in your area.
Hope this helps, and hope you get some answers and relief soon.
I know how maddening and stressful this must be for you. What has happened to you is all too common, unfortunately. So here's what to do next:
Do not go back to the doc that told you it's all in your head. Find an MS specialist, they are much more experienced at reading MRIs. An MS diagnosis isn't that easy to make, it's a diagnosis of exclusion. So many other medical conditions share the same symptoms that must be ruled out. A neurologist will give you a physical exam to check reflexes, strength, coordination, vision, balance, and sensation. Brain and spine MRIs, a lumbar puncture, and evoked potentials to test vision and hearing are all part of the testing.
For a list of MS specialists in your area, contact your local chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Please come back and give us an update on your LP result, as well as your doctoring decisions. This journey is too stressful to travel on your own. You're not alone in this. Hope to hear from you again.