Hello to everyone who reads this. I am hoping a physician does because I have concerns about the future. Is it advisable to have repeat tests done and how often? I have been told I should not ever have an MRI again due to the metal plate and screws in my neck. I have had a cervical spinal fusion in 2010 and have had a thoracic MRI which showed herniated discs at T4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 and 12. The pain all started in 2007 in my lumbar spine but the doc I had at the time said there was nothing they could do about it. I have recently reduced my pain meds and the pain is worse again. But, even before I reduced the meds I had started experiencing new more severe pain in new areas. I was told I didn't have fibromyalgia and I do also have degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and spondylosenthesis along with arthritis. I do not feel that injections are an option for me because they have to be repeated and I'm not up for all of the invasive procedures. I'm only taking 4 10mg norco per day and I'm really not doing well. I am feeling like I will try to tough it out because I'm not working at the moment but I have to have better medicine if I am going to work. I am 44 years old and I worry about how I am going to feel in 20 years.