I am asking this question because I have been suffering with pain from my neck to the bottom of my thoracic area and recently had an Open MRI on my thoracic spine that came up negative.
I am all new to this stuff, I have been seeing my GP on and off for about 4-5 years but he always just seemed to blame it on my muscles and give me some muscle relaxers and send me on my way. He did do x-rays and they showed arthritis and bone spurs but he did not seem concerned about it since I am only 24. I had to stop trying to find answers because I lost my insurance at my job for about a year. I am back on the hunt and seeing a different Dr, he saw how long I had been having this pain so he gave me a script for an MRI... Well I didn't know the difference between an Open MRI and a Closed MRI at the time and there was an Open MRI office close to my home which accepted me insurance so I made the appt and had it done. The results came back normal a few days later. The test/films were never broke down to me or explained, even the copy just says "Nothing remarkable"...
Anyway to make a long story short I just found out that Open MRI's use a lot smaller strength in magnet so is it possible that the MRI could have missed something? Should I ask the Dr for a new one, or maybe buy one out of pocket myself? Are they really that different?
Also since I am having the pain from my neck down to the bottom of the middle of my back, shouldn't he have ordered an MRI of the neck as well? I wonder if I should ask him for one. I know my body and I know something is wrong and has been wrong for quite some time now. I just feel like every Dr I have seen just brushes my pain off because of my age... How can I get thru to them that I really am in pain, lots of pain, every day, ALL day?!?
I am going to an Ortho next week, hopefully he will take me serious. If not I don't know where to go next.
There is so many strong people on this site, it truly is amazing. Thanks for any comments to this post.
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