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several disc bulges, deccication, protrusion cervical & lumbar; new dr doubts mri?

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Old 02-02-2012, 06:37 PM   #1
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several disc bulges, deccication, protrusion cervical & lumbar; new dr doubts mri?

Hello! I tried posting something similar in the MS board, due to the new doctor's suggestion of possible MRI. But I truly think the issues are with the disc injuries.

I"m having a MRI done Wednesday to "rule out" MS. I'm a 25 year old female. Here is my back story;

About a month and a half ago, I stood up out of my car and experienced an intense upper right back pain and pressure on my right chest.. The pain lasted a few days and then the pain shifted until just my right upper back/shoulder/neck/in between my shoulder blades. I was having major spasms in my back that never seemed to stop. Primary treated me for muscle spasms, gave me Flexeril & Tramadol and prescribed PT. Symptoms continue to worsen & new symptoms arrived. Numbness/tingling/burning in my right arm/hand; Major pressure at the back of my head; bad neck pain; extreme nausea; dizziness; lightheaded; fogginess; some "buzzing" in my ears/head. As of the past few weeks, my legs feel like they're going ot give out all the time. The numbness/pain/tingling is also in my right leg. Balance has always been an issue for me as well as general clumsiness/ ie/ falling up stairs, tripping over my own feet..etc. I've also noticed a stuttering issue that started in my teens and seems to gradual get worse over time. I seem to .. not be able to get the words out even though they're in my head.

I got an Ortho to order the MRI as requested by PT. MRI report started 8 broad-based disc bulges in lumbar and cervical, 1 protrusion at c2-c3. degenerative discs as well. So I was referred to the "best" pain management / spine specialist in town. Saw him today. He told me the MRI didn't show any issues.. He brought it up in front of me. He said they usually "overwrite" the MRI reports. He says he wants to do a brain MRI to test for MS and also a MRI on the braciular artery.

I guess i"M a little confused. the people who write out the mri reports are TRAINED to read mri's.. So why would their report "lie" or "exaggerate" the findings? The majority of the symptoms seem to stem from the c2-c3.. the mri was also read by my PT and Chiro.. both were in agreement of the findings. Anyone else have any similar experiences or have suggestions on what I should do?

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Re: several disc bulges, deccication, protrusion cervical & lumbar; new dr doubts mr

Are you still on the board?

I read through the responses you received on the MS board and noted nothing ran beyond 2/2 or 2/ I was just wondering.

If I understand your situation correctly, you suspect that a cervical disc is causing your symptoms, went to an ortho who ordered the MRI, and then he sent you to pain management. Did he refer you after he looked at the results of the MRI?

From your suggestion of what the MRI revealed, I think you misunderstood what the PM doctor was telling you about the results. I'm guessing here but, I don't think he was telling you what was on the report was wrong. Rather, he was stating that the findings are not significant -- meaning in his opinion, the "damage" that is showing is not sufficient to be causing you significant pain.... He sounds like he is not dismissing your pain but that he doesn't think the amount of pain and the symptoms you are describing are coming from what he is seeing concerning your cervical and lumbar discs. Am I explaining this sufficiently that you can see the difference?

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