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Old 05-07-2005, 06:12 AM   #1
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Question misread MRI?

I had an MRI as I have no feeling in my right arm/hand and the Dr thought perhaps a herniated disc was the source. Dr said MRI shows herniated disc on LEFT side of my neck at C5/C6 and therefore Dr will not do anything about hte problems in my right arm. Numbness has been around 18 months now and he thinks I should ignore it.
Is it possible for an MRI to be read backwards (ie, MRI scan sheet was backwards so the herniation is really on the RIGHT side of my neck?)
ANy suggestions on where to go from here? I have an infant and can not carry her on my right side. I am a teacher and sometimes can't write with my right hand. This is becoming a large nuisance, but there is no pain.

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Old 05-07-2005, 07:06 AM   #2
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Re: misread MRI?

Seems like someone told me the images are reversed, not sure though. Hopefully someone else will post. What kind of Dr. are you seeing? You might want to get a second opinion from a Orth. Spinal Specialist. Just a thought.


Old 05-07-2005, 07:09 AM   #3
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Re: misread MRI?

These past 6 yrs I have had so many MRI'S I can't remember them all and no 2 drs have ever gave me the same reading off of the same set of film, so know it's not uncommon for this to happen.
What kind of dr did you see this also makes a difference,You have numbness for a reason and to just ignore it is not the answer.
You may need to have a EMG done to test the nerves to make sure there is no nerve comprssion, but what ever you do don't just ignore it.

Old 05-07-2005, 10:48 AM   #4
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Re: misread MRI?

My partner had surgery for a discectomy/fusion at C5-6 for a herniation back on Feb 21.... her surgery was on the left side, but all of her pain and numbness, tingling, and such in her arm, hand, and fingers was on her right side....

Take Care..


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Old 05-07-2005, 12:03 PM   #5
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Re: misread MRI?

When I was going in to have my MRI I noticed on the sheet they had written up for me that it said I was having problems with my right leg. It was not my right leg it was my left leg. So before I was put into the MRI machine I told the person doing the pictures about the mix up and I specifically made sure she knew it was my lower back and my left leg not my right leg. Mix ups can happen. Before I have my surgery next week I am also going to ask them exactly what they will be doing and what disc to make sure they do not have anything mixed up.

Old 05-07-2005, 12:07 PM   #6
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Yes the MRI pictures are reversed. I have problems with my left leg and when I look at the MRI picture it shows the disc very herniated on the right side of the picture. Mine is very obvious the herniation is so bad.

Old 05-07-2005, 12:53 PM   #7
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Re: misread MRI?


It does not sound like you have a spine specialist, but perhaps a general ortho or general neuro. The best thing I can recommend is that you search for and find a spine specialist immediately. With numbness this long, you may not have as good a chance for full recovery of feeling, but the longer you wait the less likely for a most successful recovery.

If you are not sure of how to find a spine specialist, search for my replies I've posted to others in the last 2 weeks. While there are many good orthos and Neuros who do spine surgeries, at this point you need a spine specialist. With the others, if they read the films at all they relied too heavily on the reports. My spine specialist looks at them and rattles off exactly what all he is seeing. I've had to read the reports, but he points out each thing to me, and when he sees something that isn't really clear on the films, he sends me right then for a retake if it is an x-ray, or schedules me for a different test to be done asap.

Hope you find a better spine doctor soon. Please let us know how you are doing.

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