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confusing ct scans

bamafanbbamafan Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi,hope all is well with everyone or well as can be.I have had a very confusing day.Hopefully someone can help.I had a ct scan done in 2010 which showed lumbar scoliosis and bulging lumbar disks the worse being l5 s1 with nerve root impingement. Friday i had another ct done at a different faclity than the first.This one mentions the scoliosis but says everything else looks good.I really wish that was true but im in alot of pain some sciatic some being tailbone,sacral pain and very weak,painful and heavy legs.has anyone else had conflicting ct scans?Thanks ahead of time.Im in a whole lot of pain for nothing to be wrong. bamafan


  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    I hear you. Something is wrong--no doubt. Just not showing on the scan. Disks can shrink/heal with time. They do that quite often really. That's one reason they tell you to get lots of fluids to rehydrate the disks. (These are only my opinions and what I've been told)

    I really feel for you with the tailbone, sacral pain as I too suffer from this. It started three years ago and never left. Still no real diagnosis besides tarlov cysts. Haven't had a mri since early 09 though.

    Have you been to pain management? Had any other tests? I wish you the best of luck. There is something wrong it's just not easy to pinpoint it sometimes. Keep us updated.

    Take care,
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    I was wondering, also, if you're under any pain management or other tests.

    The EMG was most revealing and therefore most helpful for me. And my pain management doc really gets me.

    My primary doc was at a loss and not wanting to medicate, but see me in ER for out of my mind pain. That got a little expensive, too. Primary doc realized I can't live like that so referred me and best step I ever took.

    Keep communicating and searching for answers. It was a slow process for me, but staying at it steadily pays off.

    Good luck and please keep us posted.
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  • Thank you both for your replies.I had act scan at the second facility in 2005 and it showed just scoliosis then too.I had another at the first place in 2008 and thats was the first sign of bulging disks.every lumbar disk was bulged to some degree.This is very odd to me.If i didnt hurt so bad i wouldnt question it.TO answer your questions i had a good pm dr for 3 years who knew me well but his license were taken.They are just trying to make drs here scared to prescribe and it worked.Now im left with inadequate care and so are alot of others.My legs are in such pain im barely able to walk now.They are heavy and very weak.What could cause this?
  • I wouldn't worry about it until your doctor actually looks at the films or cd. Many times for me over the years the radiologist have been very vague or have missed things all together. Disks can heal I did have a small bulge at c3 a number of years ago that used me a lot of trouble for about 6 months and then it magically went away (first time with oral steroids). Now when you look at it you can't even tell it was ever bulging.

    Good luck,

  • The reason for all the worry is im in alot more pain now and very afraid i wont be able to find good treatment.If i had adequate treatment right now i would be able to participate more in my life.Im stuck in huge amounts of pain and cant have a mri because of a plate in my head so i have been depending on ct scans.So worry is all i do.
  • Has the spine specialist seen it? Have you had emg test? Or other neurological tests? Not everything shows up on MRI or ct scan and like I said radiologist can miss things. When is your next dr appt ? Hang in there >:D<
  • Thanks for repling.Since the dea shut my pm dr down i have had great difficulty even getting in primary care because of chronic pain issues.I havent seen a specialist since age 14 and im 41 now.I go back to this pcp may 11.He didnt listen to a word i said so i dont have much hope.I have never had a emg but was told by a neuro in 2007 that the pain and weakness in my legs were because of my back problems.I was told at 14 that i would be in a wheelchair by the age of 40.Im trying very hard to prove that specialist wrong but my legs seem to be giving up on me.Anymore advice would be appreciated.Thanks bamafan
  • Maybe if you post your location some folks will pm you information about PM clinics they prefer.

    Your pcp should be able to refer you to a new PM clinic. In the very least refer you to a neurologist for emg testing etc and perhaps this doctor may provide Pain Management.

    I'm really sorry that you are suffering and having a hard time with doctors in your area. Try to stay positive it makes a world of difference when it comes to dealing with pain and controlling pain (at least for me).

    Keep that glass half full ok? Feel better >:D<


  • Thanks for your suggestions.I live in mississippi.I dont believe there are other options for a pm but i will ask about a neuro.I hope you are feeling well and thank you.
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