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Results of my MRI

Summer175SSummer175 Posts: 5
Since I have burning in thigh, tingling that rediates down one left and sometimes have numbness in foot. Dr says my MRI is normal and I could have Chemical Ridiculitis. Does anyone have info on this and don't you need to have a herniated disc to have this. Thanks in advance


  • Are you seeing a fellowship-trained spinal specialist? Here is a definition of chemical radiculitis from the National Institute of Health website:


    It is my understanding that it is a result of an anular tear in the disc. Sometimes these are not visible on the MRI and doctors will insist the findings are "normal" when, in fact, they are not.

    There is a diagram here:


    Do you have any other symptoms? Any pain in the back? How long have you had the leg symptoms?
  • I'm seeing an Orthopedic Spec. I feel he is just guessing, because he was surprised that my MRI is normal. I've had leg symptoms for 4 month. Had a car accident 3 weeks ago and now have neck symptoms and I am going through PT for that.
    I think I'm making progress with the neck... no MRI yet on the neck. Thanks for your reply Gwennie
  • I think your symptoms require further investigation and in your position, I'd try to get a 2nd opinion and just keep plugging away at it, until there's a reasonable explanation for the problems you're experiencing.

    If it helps, my first MRI showed 'no abnormalities except for age-related degenerative changes'. A few months later, I had it repeated in a different facility, by a spinal neurosurgeon, with a different radiologist reporting it and it showed what you can see below, which resulted in proper treatment and finally, some relief.

    This is a great site to read up on your symptoms, look at the appropriate treatment and I think you might find that going into the doctors fully-prepared can often make a world of difference!

    Good luck.
  • My 1st surgery was a microdiscectomy at L5/S1. My Ortho had me get an MRI. It showed the herniation and what appeared to be a small tear. He wasn't positive but felt a lot of my pain was not just herniation pushing a nerve. That more was a tear leaking and irritating nerves.

    He did a discogram test and the tear showed up beyond a doubt. It was larger than he had thought and significant enough that he wanted to do the micro asap. I did it a few weeks later.

    The hope was do a micro. This reduces the disc. Let;s the herniation back down and reduced pressure from the nerve. This also gives the disc a chance to heal the tear. This is a big IF. You never know and it takes a while for the tear to heal.

    Leaking disc fluid can cause just as much pain as herniations.

    I had all the same symptoms as you.
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