Re: disc bulges, protrusion in cervical & lumbar, Dr disagrees with MRI?
It would help if you could copy the MRI report and post it on here. Then we'd have a better idea of what issues you are facing.
Usually the radiology report includes what you could think of us the "highlights" or, the most obvious things that jump off the images. The MRI consists of dozens, if not hundreds, of slices. The radiologist picks out what appear to be the most representative examples and writes a report based on information picked up in those images. They do not list everything that is apparent in the images.
That's why any imaging is just one piece of the diagnostic puzzle. The doctor will examine the patient, perform a basic neurological exam, take a patient history and listen to the patient describe the symptoms, and will correlate all this information with what is shown on the imaging.
I am curious what is the training of the "pain management/spine specialist"? Is he a neurosurgeon, orthopedic spine specialist, anesthesiologist or physiatrist? It is important to know his background before trying to figure out what he is implying by his comments.
Last edited by teteri66; 02-03-2012 at 08:49 AM.