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Sciatica not showing up on MRI QME is strange

BaCk2LyFeBBaCk2LyFe Posts: 3
HEllo forum folks I am very frustrated with whats going on and i hope that i can recieve help from some of the people that has knowledge. I hurt my back at work and had sciatica twitching went to the emergency room and was diagnosed with an annular disc tear at the L-5, S-1 area. It has been two years since then and the insurance company ordered another MRI and now a doctor says that he doesnt see an annular tear at the L-5 S-1 area. My question is that is there a chance that the MRI didnt get the the vision of the tear. My legs go numb and i was hoping to have surgery and now the Dr. says he doesnt see anything and i was lying down on the MRI. I dont understand .. Do annular tears heal on their own. If there wasnt anything wrong with the disc then why is my legs still numb and twitching with sciatica.


  • BaCk2LyFe,
    Though the blood supply to the anulus is poor, there are cases in which it does heal. Sciatica is irritation of the sciatic nerve usually as it leaves the lumbar plexus, but it can be anywhere along its length. It's not all that uncommon for persons with sciatica to not have a problem with the disc components of the spine.
  • Hi

    Have they done a emg study of your leg to see if there is a nerve compression? If so how long ago and if it was a while ago, ask for a new one, maybe that will shed some light. A MRI is not the tell all of testing. There are other imaging studies that might yield a different result.
  • :''( I have a couple of questions about who is handling your care. Is it work comp? Do you have a primary DR? are you still working? I have had the bad luck of dealing with QME for years. I think i can help you with some ways of dealing with this and your back problems. I have had two back surgerys in the last 10 years and on going treatment for chronic pain. I hope I can assist you
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