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MRI Results; help needed please

tonybournettonybourne Posts: 10
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:38 AM in Lower Back Pain

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My report came back all good amongst other notes, the notes 'There is no pars defect' was mentioned. However my Osteopath disagrees. He has said L5 S1 aren't sat right. They weren't his exact words obviously.

Can anyone who knows for sure explain what may be the possible problem. Basically for the last 10 months I've been getting leg pain and lower back pain after slipping down the stairs (not falling), however 7 years ago I did fall 5-6 feet direct onto the flat of my back. But only in the last 10 months has the pain be worse, but currently still bearable.

I did have the MRI done approx 5 months ago when I'd stop feeling any pain, but its flared up again.


  • We are actually just chronic pain sufferers like yourself. There are no medical professionals here that would be qualified to read your MRI. I would strongly suggest getting a 2nd and maybe even a 3rd opinion. It is not at all unusual to have to go to multiple doctors in order to get a diagnosis and relief when it comes to back issues. It is one of the hardest things to diagnose partly because what may not cause one person pain may cause pain for another person. Have you considered a Pain Management doc? There are more diagnostic tests that can be done in order to diagnose exactly what is causing your pain. Sorry that I could not be more help. Good luck to you and please keep us posted with your progress.
  • You have a very good looking spine compared to what we're used to seeing! As J.J. said, none of us are qualified to interpret your films...sometimes something jumps out and is so obvious that some of us are tempted to say something...but not in your case, as far as I am concerned.

    I too would suggest going to a different specialist for another opinion. Look for a fellowship-trained spinal specialist. This can be either an orthopedic spinal surgeon or a neurosurgeon who has additional training in the spine and devotes his practice to the back and neck.

    Also maybe there is a soft tissue problem that won't show up on MRI. There may be some inflammation left over from your fall that is pressing on a nerve. Have you tried taking any oral steroids to see if it helps at all? Sometimes when you have something causing pain that is not readily apparent, you have to keep searching for answers -- going to a variety of different specialists, trying some alternate therapies, etc.

    I would think your osteopath might be a good place to start. Does he/she have additional training in the spine? I know some spinal surgeons began their training as osteopaths.

    Back pain can be illusive in its cause. Good luck in your search.

  • I would say theres no spondy there at all, the alignment is great. As for buldging disks, maybe a tiny bit at L5-S1. They look great other wise. But like the others said, Radiologists are doctors and they would know best of anyone.
  • Mine has not looked that good sense I was in my 20s !! hope all goes well for you !! I just had a l5 s1 fusion with rods and screw's ! not fun at all but gettin a little better
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