Originally Posted by Lesarosi
I got an X-ray the other day for lower back pain and the Dr. says it's arthritis. I'm a 47 yr old female. Before she decides on a course of action she is recommending an MRI. What is this going to tell her? It will cost me $2000! If she sees arthritis in the x-ray what else can she find out with an MRI. I don't want to waste my money and get excessive radiation. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks!!
I had an exact issue, .... lower back pain and an Xray confirmed this, .... I indeed have arthritis in the upper-spine performed by the Chiropractor.
The primary reason on visiting the Chiropractor was for Pinched Nerve which was around the neck to shoulder blade. It's Arthritis around the neck. Prior to this visit, however I already experienced 'on and off' back pain. I just wanted it confirm, then the Chiro did it for me. I did the chiro. twice weekly basis for about 3 months. On the back of my head, however I felt the med. doing the same thing and I went to the GP and was on Vidodin for about three weeks and now I'm pain-free.
The Vicodin is so powerful that made me sick as days went by while all the pains were subsided gradually. Now, my GP changed to the milder med. Tramadol, but I've not yet taken it seeing that all my pains were gone and feeling OK. Both are said to be narcotic, but plus side is to work really well for the all pains I had in the past.
Just wondering why your dr. recommeds another, an expensive test, MRI?
In my personal experience, some drs want their patients get more test, test and test. If I were you, I'd seek another dr., even GP.