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Old 04-22-2005, 09:52 AM   #1
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Unhappy MRI questions.

Hello all I am no stranger to back pain, I have had a microdiscectomy in my lower back and the results were not great. Now I HAVE had an MRI before many times, but he sees scar tissue and wants one with contrast. What does that mean, and what is going to happen to me? also has anyone here had a problem with scar tissue? and what does that mean for me? please excuse the questions, I am a littel nervous of the unknown and would like to hear it form someone who has gone throught this before. Thanks for any help any of you can give me.
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Old 04-22-2005, 10:32 AM   #2
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Re: MRI questions.

Before I had surgery, the MRIs were done plainly. Now, because I have had so much work done, the docs always order contrast. I've done it quite a few times now. There was no difference except they stopped partway through and did an injection of contrast in my arm. Then, they'd proceed as normal. The contrast helps them see exactly what's going on in there. I've had no problems whatsoever with it but as with anything, I've heard some people react to the contrast.
Scar tissue after any surgery can create a problem. A neighbor of mine, after a back surgery, had scar tissue that wrapped itself around a nerve bundle. They had to do another surgery to clean it up. I think it came become a never-ending cycle of surgery/scar tissue/surgery.....
I hope you have no problems with your MRI. Good luck and best wishes......

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Old 04-23-2005, 08:32 AM   #4
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Re: MRI questions.

Hi Swetangel1980! I Am Currently Dealing With Scar Tissue After A Disckectomy At L5/s1 On Jan. 9th. Everything Posted About The Contrast Above Is Right. My Surgeon Told Me That He Will Not Reoperate For Scar Tissue, It May Come Back Stronger. I Got A Second Oponion This Week And The Second Doctor Said The Same Thing. My Scar Tissue Replaced The Herniation At S1 And Is Once Again Compressing My Nerve. They Are Hoping With Meds And Pt They Can Reduce The Inflamation In My Nerve And Possibly Loosen Up The Scar Tissue To Allow A Pathway For The Nerve. I Have To Be Aspirated On 4-27 For A Possible Abcess At The L4 Process And Start Pt After That. I Don't Know If This Is Any Help To You But This Is How They Are Treating Me At This Point. Just Be Careful And Learn As Much As You Can On Your Own, Kind Of Gives Piece Of Mind. Good Luck In Healing!!!

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