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Old 10-17-2012, 06:43 PM   #1
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MRI - what does this mean?

Hi all,

I recently had MRIs taken of my lumbar and cervical spine. It seems on the report though that they carried on and actually did the entire spine. I've seen a Neurosurgeon but he's referred me to another one and it'll be around five weeks before I see him so thought I may ask a few questions here.

I had the MRIs taken because my Rheumatologist was looking for arthritis. For other symptoms I've also recently had a brain MRI and from both sets of scans I've been diagnosed with Chiari 1 Malformation which according to some reports is not uncommon alongside Scoliosis.

The part I'm worried about is the mention of Scoliosis, the MRI report says the following -

'S shaped Thoracolumbar Scoliosis with left sided lumbar convexity.'

What does this mean, I know nothing of Scoliosis so is this a mild form or something more serious?

The ribs on my left have, as far back as I remember, stuck out quite a lot, they also seem a bit higher up on that side too so is this, like the Chiari, something I was likely born with?

I have back pain but also have a lot of severe pain in my shoulders and hips too. Does this type of scoliosis cause pain in these other places?

What will probably happen next, do they treat adults who have scoliosis or just monitor them?

If treatment is offered what sorts of treatment would they be?

It's nice to 'meet' everyone and thank you for taking the time to read my post.


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