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Back Pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
I had a recent fall from step ladder, injuring my right side. Intial DX was bruised ribs. After 2 weeks, pain was still unbearable. Had MRI Thoracic spine. Findings: Caudal disk extrusion with annular tear at T9/T10 with near cord contact, Left paracentral caudal disk extrusion with associated annular tear at T2/T3 with flattening of the ventral thoracic cord, and shallow left paracentral disk herniation at T1/T2 with no cord contact. Treatment was Ibuprofen, tramadol & norflex. Dr. then took me off norflex beause it was making me dizzy and put me on prednisone. 2 days ago got severe pain and numbness on left side-buttocks radiating down leg. I slipped & fell on ice 2 months ago and fell on left hip- had pain for about 2 weeks. Would recent thoracic injury to right side cause left side lumbar pain? Can MRI deterime old or new injury


  • An MRI would show whatever damage is present in your spine at the time it is taken. I do not know if it could differentiate between old and new. It would show soft tissue,nerves and spinal fluid. It can also visualize bones because they contain blood and fatty tissue, but a CT scan is better for looking at bones.

    I gather they did not do a MRI of the lumbar area of your spine?

    I would not think that a thoracic injury would cause lumbar pain, but I am obviously not a spinal specialist. I could imagine that postural changes (overcompensating to counteract pain on right side)could cause a flare up of pain from your accident two months ago. We tend to try to protect the area that is in pain, which often results in muscles tensing up on the opposite side, throwing off body alignment, etc.

    You may have jarred more than your right side when you fell off the ladder. Sounds like you've been having a run of bad luck lately!

    Hope you get some answers soon and start to feel better.
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