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Question about MRI scan

Jul 24, 2015 11:53 PM

Finally my family GP and my pain specialists decided I should get a new MRI done. My first MRI was done back in 2011 which I paid for while being overseas after 6 months of back pain and weekly commute to the hospitals only to be sent home with Panadol and iBrufen.

Since then, all surgeries and physical therapy has been based on that MRI. It's been four years and they kept rejecting me.

Anyways, question is basically I feel lower back pain and mid back pain. Does 1 MRI shows all spinal deficiencies or certain areas that are more specific to what the doctor advises?

Jul 25, 2015 12:36 AM

Octobot, if I am reading your question correctly, your new MRI will show if there are any significant changes since the first one you had done and also if there are any additional problems that have occurred since the first one was done. Understand, when you have only 1 MRI, that is basically a baseline that they are using. When you have the second one, they will have something to compare and should be able to better help you with whatever is going on with your spine. If there are no changes, they may go on treating you based own what they are seeing in the first one (and is confirmed by the second one).. I hope that this is a helpful answer. I was being treated based on an MRI that came back normal twice and I kept telling the doctor that something was wrong. I explained that the problem was with my shoulder blades winging out (otherwise known as a winging scapular) and I told the doctor that there is no possible way for the shoulder blade to wing out when you are laying on them. None of them would listen to me and told me that there was nothing wrong and that the MRI showed everything was "normal", When my PCP finally sent me to pain management and they took x-rays and other images, they were able to see the problem plain as day. I was finally sent to a neurologist where they found I had Long Thoracic Nerve Palsy, a winging scapula, among other things. Over the years, many other things began to deteriorate and that they had to try to fix me surgically.... Well 22 years later and 28 surgical procedures later, I am living on a pain level of 8-8,5/10 each and every day 24/7/365. It is tiring and there are many days that I am weary and weepy and in such pain I don't know what to do with myself. I hope and pray that your new MRI will give them the information that they need to treat you and ease your pain. I hope that is what they are able to do for you. I will keep you in my prayers. Hang in there and know that not only are you not alone but there are many people here who know exactly what you are going through and we are all only a keystroke away.

Jul 25, 2015 12:41 AM

Many thanks for your input. I guess you answered my question partly. I wanted to know if the MRI shows each vertebrae of the spine or just specific areas defined by the doctors. I've never actually had a good look myself. 🙈

Jul 25, 2015 3:42 AM

I don't know for sure but i think they spilt them into c-spine t-spine and l-spine. I had one done on my c-spine only. I guess you'll know by where they put all the brace things as to what section they are doing. But different countries and different healthcare systems could do different things

Jul 25, 2015 7:27 AM

To get a full picture of the spine it can take up to 4 different ones . You have the one starting at the base of the brain ,the lumbar, the sacral, then the cocxal or tailboone. Some imaging cenhters can combine 2 , but it depends what your doc orders.

Jul 25, 2015 1:49 PM

Thanks...I had injections in my t Spine recently, no MRI done prior to that for that section, only had an MRI spine which showed a disc bulge in L4/L5 S1. That's the only thing that was wrong and till this date, no doctor gave me any diagnose of what I have and was just told you have lower back pain. 😓. It's been four years I have lower back pain .....

Jul 27, 2015 11:43 AM

Octobot, the only thing I can suggest, different from AlwayZ & Zetarlov, I've had two MRIs with dye, and they show more than a regular. But both are on my neck to brain. Good luck! I'll be praying they see what needs to be seen and can help it. 🙏🌼

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