| | X-rays or MRI for Kyphosis Diagnosis?
After suffering from thoracic back pain for about 12 years, my doctor sent me for x-rays, stating that they are a great diagnostic tool for showing any osteporosis, degenerative discs, or growths on my spine. The result was that I had "mild" kyphosis in my thoracic back but the spine alignment was normal. They pain I started feeling 12 years ago first began in my very sore muscles in the upper back and later progressed to the area around my spine between the shoulder blades. Now I have burning, tingling and numbness in this part of my spine and there are days when my back is screaming and when I go to bed unable to fall asleep from the pain. What's more, I lost sensation in about a good 10-cm part of my mid-upper spine such that when I place an ice back there to help the inflammation, I feel nothing, and that scares me more than anything. When I touch my spine there, two or three vertabrae feel like they're sticking out and they hurt to touch like a bruise would. I slouch because it's easier than keeping my back straight. I have been repeatedly asking for an MRI for the past few years and my doctor claims that it wouldn't show us anything significant that the x-rays already hasn't.
Have any of you who suffer from kyphosis been diagnosed via an x-ray test only? How important is it to obtain an MRI test in order to determine the extent of this problem? Whoever said that kyphosis causes only "mild discomfort" was either lying or never had kyphosis.