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Anyone have xrays showing nothing and something show up on MRI?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Lower Back Pain
Just wondering, I have had numerous xrays that show nothing or at least those doctors say nothing show up on previous xrays. Just had MRI done and waiting on results. I have chronic lumbar pain with sciatica symptoms. Not diagnosed yet with disc issues but waiting for results. I have been diagnosed with numerous nerve related issues, just dont know the cause of them yet. I am pretty sure it may be spine related. Please leave me your feedback so I dont feel so anxious about all of this. i really want to know what is causing my pain and hopefully it wont be too much longer until I have some answers with help. Thanks!


  • Good luck with your MRI, they can show much more than an x-ray (which really only shows the bone). The MRI shows tissue, including nerves, and may be just the trick for your doc to give you a diagnosis!

    Now have a great day! (and don't read my signature at the bottom of this post - lol)
  • I was going to say my facet joints make crunching and grinding feelings and noises also due to the disc problem I have. Of course we're not Drs but only sharing somewhat similar problems. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    the first set of diagnostic testing that can be done to identify what the problem is. As Jay mentioned, X-Rays are fine for bone related problems and spotting
    arthritis. When a doctor feels they need more information, a MRI will be scheduled which will help pinpoint problem areas. Still sometimes the MRI is not enough and other tests such as Myleograms, Discograms, EMG's can be scheduled to find out what the problem is.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • One of the very first things in my case was X-rays.
    They showed the bones, but not the soft tissues.

    Since they showed nothing, an MRI was scheduled.
    Actually, 2 of them. One WITH contrast and one without.

    Keep in mind, the films can be interpreted many different ways. You can take them to different specialists and get different interpretations.
    Some docotrs will want to read the radiologist's report that accompanies the films, some won't need to.

    One step further that is available is a process called neurography.
    Really amazing imaging of individual nerves.
    Highly advanced and very interesting medical advancement.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • Got my results back and Dr said it is a badly herniated disc at L5/S1. I didnt get all the details of everything, it was general medicine clinic and they referred me to neuro to look futher into it. They gave me Robaxin and Meloxicam.. Never tried them before. I hope they help. They also scheduled neck MRI for July 7th. Sure hope there isnt something wrong there too. Just updating on progress, will post more when I know more
  • My x-rays came back fine...MRI wasn't (see my siggy).

    Ulyssia, hopefully they'll figure everything out & get you fixed up. Being in pain is the pits!!
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