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    Old 11-16-2006, 05:18 PM   #1
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    help decipher my mri's

    Hi again folks,
    I wrote earlier about the schmorls node. No responses so I wonder if any of you could help decipher my mri's. I've been to 3 specialist that claim they don't know what would be causing my pain. My regular doctor thinks my spine is a mess. I do too. Maybe I'm just very sensitive to pain? I think I need another test with either contrast or a mylegram (sp). My worst symptoms are: very bad pain in my upper back. It happens 5 out of 7 days a week. I have to lay down & bend backwards to try & interrupt it. Pain pills don't stop it. Clonepin helps some. I can hardly hold my self up during these episodes. Vaccuming is an example that will set it off. My other worst area is my left leg! It throbs all the time! It has severe spasms! It is just awful! It feels like it's bruised from the outside of my hip down to my knee. I just had a emg & it was normal. Here are my test results, I'll leave off area's that say "normal":

    Cervical mri - There is central disc bulge at c3/c4, c4/c5, c5/c6 & c6/c7.
    AP canal diameter is within normal limits at all levels. Very subtle effacement of the vetral aspect of the spinal cord is seen on the sagittal T2 weighted images at c4/c5. There is degenerative disc type signal throughout the cervical disc spaces.

    Thoracic mri - The t3/t4 level demonstrates mild schmorl's node with 8mm deformity involving the superior endplate of T4. The t4/t5 level deonstrates mild disc desiccation .
    The t8/t9 level demonstrates mild hypertrophic spurring anteriorly.
    The t9/t10 level demonstrates mild anterior hypertrophic spurring.
    The t10/t11 level demonstrates minimal anterior hypertrophic spurring.

    Lumbar mri - L4-5 minimal disc narrowing & desiccation with minimal bulge.
    L5-S1 mild bilateral facet hypertrophy without subluxation or narrowing, minimal generalized disc bulge.

    So that's all my test results. Does this explain why I'm having so much upper back pain? I'm at a loss as to what to do. I've been to 3 specialist & all say they cannot help. They all recommend pain management. My regular doctor is taking care of that. Last but not least I also have fibromyalgia. I am 45 & feel like I'm 75!
    Thanks for any input!

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    Old 11-17-2006, 03:08 PM   #2
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    Re: help decipher my mri's

    Hi Lees,

    Well, after reading that.. I agree with your doctor.. your spine is a mess, and I can't believe the statement was made that they do not know where your pain is coming from! Of course your pain is coming from your spine, it's a matter of what is more evident that could be causing you so much pain. But it could be all of it unfortunately.

    You have DDD with some mild bulging throughout, with some bone spurring in places (which is like an arthritis).

    None of the issues I see scream surgery off the bat. Pain Management and possibly some good rehab PT might help you more. It can try and help you build some muscle and stretch those nerves which in turn will help support your spine better and possibly reduce your pain.

    I wish I could tell you differently. It's not a lost cause Lees, you just need to fully exercise the word "patience" and it is really really hard living in chronic pain. I wish you wellness. Take care. Tammy
    "believe in the beauty of your dreams"- E. Roosevelt

    L5/S1 bulging @ 18, now 46; still there (but no pain)
    Fusion at L4/L5 Apr -2006
    Solidly Fused Nov-2006
    A Success, but still improving!

    Old 11-19-2006, 06:30 AM   #3
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    I would try to go to a pain doctor if you a not a surgical canidate - they will be able to do some blocks for you. I can recomend a good doc depending on where you live.

    Old 11-19-2006, 09:15 AM   #4
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    Re: help decipher my mri's

    I had a lot of upper back pain about 4 years ago took them a long time to get around to getting an mri of my neck but it was the main culprit. I had a disectomy and woke up a new person. (very little pain) Some of it is back though so I go to Pain Management and get Facet Joint injections ( which hurt like hell by the way) but Within a few days pain is much better as is flexibility. I am about to have spinal fusion in lumbar area because of burning pain in my legs. I have spinal stenosis ddd and spondylytis. so I really know how you feel. try a Pain Management specialist they can do some amazing things.

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