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please help me with this...

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
I will write the mri's IMPRESSION:

Severe multilevel degenerative disease, annular bulges, facet arthrosis, impinging foraminal stenosis and severe central canal stenosis.

Can anyone explain that to me in English???

I was sent to a specialist and he said there is nothing he can do for me as in surgery and he talked about some shots? He even said no amount of pain medicine could help me either. Do I just detiorate away??

I don't know what to do I am so hurt and angry..I can't go on like this. I have been for a few years passing out as soon as I have to cough. I have done lots of damage to myself just by the passing out.

Anybody? Please.....


  • to another doctor for a second and even a third opinion. Sorry you got the response you did.

    Good luck-

  • Hi there,

    Although I'm not qualified to interpret your MRI results, it does look as if you've been on the harsh end of your doctor's tongue.

    Is there any way you can ask to see a different neurosurgeon who might be able to advise you further?

    Having just had similar injections myself, I can tell you that they help, but even so, in your position, I'd still ask to see another specialist.

    Bye, Val
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    anyones' MRI reports, plus none of us here are qualified to really do that. All of that has to come from your doctor(s)... But anytime you see the word SEVERE, you had to start thinking what actions are going to take care of this.
    I would ask your doctor WHY he believes surgery is not an option. You need to understand why that is his position. Spinal injections can help, so that along with other conservative treatments would be the route I would take
    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
  • Maybe his not being able to help you just meant that whatever his specialty is it won't work for you. If he's a surgeon, maybe he can't help you because of your multilevel degeneration would not benefit surgically.

    Pain medication will not take away all your pain, that much is true. BUT it could enable you to function on a day to day basis. SHots may be beneficial too.

    Perhaps you could get a referral to a Pain Specialist - or Pain Management doctor. You may not be able to treat the cause, but you most certainly can treat the symptoms. Be ready to start at the beginning of the process (of pain management) and follow all suggestions. You never know; just because something or idea a doctor has does not seem like it would work, it could just be the ticket you're looking for.

    Most of us old-timers (fighting pain) can tell you that it's not just one or 2 things that we do to alleviate most of our pain, but several things together. There's physical therapy that may help, then the medication, plus a few epidural steroid shots, maybe some nerve blocks, plus maybe accupuncture or massage therapy... so many modalities of treatment other than just the medication.

    Not that it matters much in the grand scheme of pain, but how old are you? While I'm thinking about it, there's a wealth of information out there in cyberspace. You can google anything. Google 'how to interpret mri findings' and see what comes up. I find that once you understand words like annular, fibrosis, facet, foraminal and then put in the words you do understand like severe, impingement, reading diagnostic reports gets a bit easier.

    We all wish you much luck, there BLSVLO. Keep us posted?
  • I do appreciate all responses!! I am 56 years old and I am limited on specialist because of health insurance(tri-care). The VA has told me they cannot take me at this time they have no more room. Thank you I will keep working at this....
  • Here is the thing, some surgeons, are not well versed in pain management. That is why they have to have an anestiesologist, in the room, when they do srugery. He is the only one in the room who can measure your pain and act on it.

    Look for one - who also added Pharmacolgy of Chronic pain and other such training to thier learning. It is a year of specialized training.

    Just had one move into our region, nice chap!

    Pain management is a dance - As Jeaux and Ron have said, conservative modes are best. There are many things I use each day, before I get to the meds, but my Extended Release meds are taken without thought, on time, each day. The rest is just a dance around things like, meditation, exercise[paced for you], going out, walking in a park, getting social!

    C45 - keep hope alive
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