I have a referral for an MRI and am currently in a state physically where I can't get there to get it done; however, I'm wondering if anyone has noted differences between MRIs done during "flares" or those during periods of "normalcy"? I should describe "flare" for me equals full-on crushing headache, fever, inability to sit up, etc. etc. Also, has anyone had results vary much due to duration of illness? For instance, someone who's had a scan done after a couple of years versus after ten years... And finally, any difference in the type of MRI ordered for any CFIDS/CFS/ME/(XAND?) (this condition, whatever it's best to call it at this point)? I know it has to be contrast--my doc did not initially--and my neurologist (idiot!) is being replaced for telling me none of my symptoms were "evil" enough to warrant investigation. Thanks anyone/everyone!