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Old 01-22-2005, 07:07 AM   #1
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Unhappy My Injury, MRI Results

I got the results from my MRI scan. I have 2 bulging disks L5, L4. L5 has a very small tear in the disk. I am starting physical thearpy next week. This will be my 4th round of P/T. Is there anything else I can do about this? Should I see a back Dr? I am not happy with my family Dr. at this time I am looking for a new one now.

 
Old 01-22-2005, 07:17 AM   #2
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Re: My Injury, MRI Results

Hi Canman
It is def. time to see a spine doc. 4 rounds of PT is for sure giving it the good ole college try. If PT is helping stick with it as long as possible
But it is always good to have the opinion of a specialist, esp if you are having problems. You did not list any symptoms, limitations, history, etc....write back with more information and I am sure you will get so much advice from everyone you will have an idea of what else to do. But if you are experiencing any weakness, or sudden change in symptoms make an appt. with a specialist for a opinion outside of your family doc. Good luck
shelley

 
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Old 01-22-2005, 08:57 AM   #3
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Re: My Injury, MRI Results

Here is a little history of my injury. I hurt my back about 15 yrs ago while in the army. I was ordered to pick up a large net by my Sgt. and when I did I felt something give and the pain was so bad they had to air lift me to a hospital. The military Dr's told me I had pulled a muscle. After months of constiant pain the army did an MRI and found that I had a small tear in the L5 disk. The army gave me a medical discharge. Since then (1990) I have been under a Dr's care off and on for my back. I did a round of some kind of shots. They put me out when they did the shots and that helped for a few years. Now, the pain comes and goes. I can go a few months and feel alittle pain (I am never pain free) and sometimes (like right now) the pain is so bad I cant do anything. I am 36 years old and feel like I am 90. Now the tear is still in L5 and L4 is bulging. I am on a steriod, flexirl and darvocet.

 
Old 01-22-2005, 09:40 AM   #4
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Re: My Injury, MRI Results

If the pain is interfering with your quaility of life and you truly feel like you are 90...like most of us feel sometimes, then it is time to have an evaluation from a spine specialist either a neurosurgeon or ortho who specializes in spine care. It is always better to have the opinions of more than one person.
Good luck to you
shelley

 
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