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What comes first: ESI or MRI

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:22 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello, hope everyone is having a nice day. I am wondering what you had first done for your neck issues; MRI or ESI. I know that MRI is a test and ESI is to try to treat the pain. I had X-rays, had 1 ESI a month ago that helped lessen the intensity of the pain, and had another a week ago that did nothing. MRI may be in my near future, will find out on tuesday. Symptoms probably factor in on what came first but I am curious to find out how many have had the one before the other.

Thank you
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  • Hi.I actually had a pretty good day, thank you for asking. As far as what came first with my neck, it was the MRI. The X-ray shows bone with a little tissue. With the MRI the NS can get a better picture of what is going on. Sometimes with the ESI it can take a couple of days before you feel anything depending upon how much swelling you have in the area. Hope this helped. :)
  • I had regular x-rays first then I had a flextion/extension MRI. Then I had neck surgery right after the MRI. Never had a ESI.
  • I think it is required that you have an MRI first. The anesthetist who administers the ESI will look at your films to make sure of your situation before injecting you. At least that is how it worked with my neck.
    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • an MRI first so we knew what we were dealing with then had the CESI.
  • Thanks for all that have posted so far. I thought it was kind of weird that the specialist I have been seeing didnt do an MRI first. He only did x-rays which showed a my neck straighter than it naturally should be and my C2 turn/rotated a little. But these are issues from over time not anything recent; (so I dont know why I am all of a sudden having pain.) Maybe having the ESI done before having a MRI had something to do with my sympoms, which at the time were:

    stiffness,sever headaches as the pain intensified throughout the day every day with the pain in my neck and shoulders that would come and go throughout the day. By the end of the night I could not handle the pain any more and nothing help lessen the pain.
    The first ESI help lessen the intensity of the pain and headaches. Second ESi did nothing for me at all. So I go tomorrow to find out what, if anything is next.
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