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newly diagnosed from mri and worried

casappccasapp Posts: 2
I have suffered back pain from and injury for some years but recently was off work for 3 weeks due to a flare up which was the worst one ever!
I had an mri, the lower back problems bulging discs etc I understand, my gp has refered me to spinal specialist for the other and I was wondering if anyone could explain in laymans terms what the problem is and what the treatment options might be, the below is quote from mri

"there are haemangiomas seen in the vertebral bodies in T12, L4 and L5. the T9/10 disc reveals a posterior subligamental protrusion indenting the ventral sac and coming in contact with the ventral surface of the cord but not causing critical cord compression"

I am very uncomfortable carrying anything or sitting in a regular chair, I sit with a pile of cushions I also lie with pillows cushioning as it is painful and wakes me up. When standing for any length of time my back feels very sore and "heavy". I often gen pins and needles and "dead" hands but I thought this was from arthritis in my neck. I have been recently diagnosed with mild rheumatoid arthritis as well.



  • Welcome to Spine-Health.

    I'm sorry to hear about your problems and unfortunately, nobody here is able to interpret an MRI. I can tell you that a hemangioma is a sac of fluid that can cause problems, but only your spine specialist can tell you what's really happening. I'm glad to hear there's no critical cord compression, but again, it's totally up to your spine specialist to give you a prognosis and plan of action.

    I know how scary and painful it is and we'll be here to talk to you after you get a report from your specialist. When do you see him/her?

    Please keep us posted - I think you'll find a lot of support here that you won't be able to find elsewhere because only a spiney can understand another spiney and are willing to listen to everything that goes along with it.

    Take care and I look forward to hearing what the specialist says.
  • Welcome to spine health.As Cathie said, we are unable to interpret MRI results but I know there are other throacic spineys on here who can relate to what you are feeling.

    When do you see your spinal specialist? I hope that it is soon, as I know it can be hard waiting and not knowing. We are all here for you to offer our support.

    Please keep us updated on how you are doing, and look forward to hearing from you after your appointment as well. Have you been in any treatment in the past to help with your pain? ie physio, ESI's heat/cold, tens? Are you on any meds?

    Take care,

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • just got my appointment for the 20th Sept, quicker than I thought. Went back to work on light duties Monday but I am so warey, this episode has really shook my confidence--still tally ho--life has to go on, a friend who knows about spinal stuff says they might concider discectomy--we shall see, that would be the last option I would like, thanks for the kind words x
  • Hi I have just been diagnose with having scattered haemangimos in my vertibral bodies and would love to know more about it as Ive only been briefed. I get the impression they only can be watched that they dont grow??? No operation or treatment?? But I was told so much together I wonder if I heard right? I also have been told I have masses on my liver could be cysts but not 100% Im awaiting a scan for that. Have you found out anything eles? I relate with your pain, and also with the sitting, no position is comfy or lying position :(
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