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    Old 11-17-2014, 04:44 PM   #1
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    Lumbar MRI

    Hi I need your help in interpreting my lumbar MRI. I had an MRI done and the finding is below.

    It was noted that in T1 & T2 bright focus within the L5 vertebral body with a hemangioma measured 10X11X14 mm.
    Every thing was normal except the above note and concluded as a normal MRI.

    However I have unbearable back pain for the past few years and become worse in the past few months. I can't even walk for 10 minutes when I go for shopping.

    I need your help. please respond.
    thankx

     
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    Old 11-19-2014, 10:22 AM   #2
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    Re: Lumbar MRI

    Welcome to the board. I could have sworn I wrote a response to you yesterday! Oh well...I wondered if the MRI said anything else?

    A hemangioma within the bone does not usually cause symptoms such as back pain. Sometimes, depending on where it is located, it can push into the central canal or foramen and cause some stenosis, or compression of a spinal nerve.

    When you say you can only walk for about ten minutes, I immediately think of stenosis. Did the report mention anything about stenosis?

     
    Old 11-19-2014, 01:12 PM   #3
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    Re: Lumbar MRI

    [QUOTE=teteri66;5329229]Welcome to the board. I could have sworn I wrote a response to you yesterday! Oh well...I wondered if the MRI said anything else?

    A hemangioma within the bone does not usually cause symptoms such as back pain. Sometimes, depending on where it is located, it can push into the central canal or foramen and cause some stenosis, or compression of a spinal nerve.

    When you say you can only walk for about ten minutes, I immediately think of stenosis. Did the report mention anything about stenosis?[/QUOTE]

    Well the report did not specify anything else other than this and a normal spine MRI was their conclusion.. Hence I was not sure what is causing the extruciating pain...

     
    Old 11-19-2014, 03:22 PM   #4
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    Re: Lumbar MRI

    Hemangiomas within the vertebrae are benign vascular tumors. They generally don't cause pain as Teteri66 mentioned, but they can depending on their location or size. There is also evidence that increased loading on the spine, like moving from a desk job to being a grocery stocker for instance, sometimes causes stable hemangioma to become painful. They are a pretty common finding occurring in between 10-20% of the population. They occasionally can grow larger over time.

    I don't know if the hemangioma is causing your problems or not. Clearly, the radiologist didn't think so, giving you a "normal" MRI, but painful hemangiomas are often underdiagnosed because Drs aren't looking at them as a source of pain. Where does your pain occur? Is it in the area that would be affected by the L5 or S1 nerve roots being compressed? If so, my bets on the hemangioma. If not, perhaps there is something going on in a different area of your spine that wasn't imaged.

    I would hope you are seeing a spine specialist, fellowship trained, ortho or neuro surgeon that has a spine-only practice. Such a Dr would be able to help you match your current symptoms with the diagnostics performed so far, and suggest further diagnostics if necessary.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes...

     
    Old 11-19-2014, 05:06 PM   #5
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    Thank you for your quick response. My pain is in the L5 area. Since my MRI is normal I'm not sure whether my GP would refer me to Neuro or ortho surgeon. Will definitely post as soon as I have an update.

     
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