Two MRI’s 5 months apart. Doctor wants to wait another 5 months. Do you wait or get a second opinion?
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Hello @susanbeer and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. In order for me to help you connect to members who have experience that would apply or an existing conversation, can you please share a little more with regard to the status of your meningiomas and why your doctor feels waiting 5 months is the right call?
He believes it is benign. His opinion. He thinks if it was a problem I would have more symptoms. I was ok waiting the first 5 months, but I’m 70 and now would feel better if I had answers.
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Hi Susan, I was having vertical double vision at night and my opthomologist sent me to a neurosurgeon who ordered an MRI. When I met with the neurosurgeon and he told me I had a meningioma, I was very scared. He said they are slow growing and recommended having an MRI every 6 months to monitor it's growth. He said most of them are benign. 2 years later it stated to grow and I had Gamma Radio brain surgery. I had no problems. That was in Jan of 2019. I had MRI's every 6 months and now it's every 2 years. He told me if I have any symptoms to call him. I am 76 and have no problems. Jill (from this group) helped out a lot. It's a scary diagnosis but as brain tumors go- a meningioma is – I think- the best one to have. I have a friend who is 80 and has never had to undergo surgery. She gets an MRI for it every 2 years also. I hope this helped. Oh, the double vision isn't related to it! The docs can't figure it out! Take care, Joan
I’ve just read your post from 1 yr ago. Did you have your surgery ?
I had a long same surgery ( frontal lobe meningioma) in 2004 and have never looked back ..
I decided to be proactive when a meningioma was discovered in 2012. A Gamma Knife procedure was carried out with no problem at Mayo. I flew from Minnesota to California the next morning and attended my friend's birthday party on arrival. I did not experience side effects. Mayo (Rochester) has monitored this closely. I had a different meningioma appear later. True Beam was administered in 2017 with excellent results. This involved a one-time strong dose of radiation via the robot. I returned home upon completion. The two treatments for meningiomas were during my advanced senior years. I have had outstanding physicians. I am grateful and truly blessed
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