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kayjay94kkayjay94 Posts: 9
edited 01/14/2014 - 7:27 PM in Chronic Pain
My MRI report. Thinking of switching docs because he really hasn't explained this to me and won't do anything to help with pain. He sent me to a different doc to get a cortisone shot which I had today. I hope it helps. I am tired of being in pain. What kind of doctor should I see? I was seeing a Physiatrist. Not sure if that is the right type of doc.
Just so tired of pain, thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Oops, not supposed to ask for interpretation of report. Sorry! All I know from my diagnosis is it includes spinal stenosis and other stuff. Had a cortisone shot. Will I ever be pain free? Will I be able to return to jogging? Walking? Right now I can't even walk very far, and it is getting worse. I am so lost.



  • So I have pinched nerves? Can that get better? Severe central stenosis? How does one fix that? My doc sent me for a cortisone shot. And then suggested Physical Therapy. I was in too much pain for the pt to start, so I hope the shot helps.
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    There could be many members on this site that have been through so many of these tests that they are pretty accurate, but you dont want to hold your life in the hands of a non-professional.

    Take a look at this analogy. Think if it in terms of reading any diagnostic report. The actual images that come back are much harder

    The Problem
    You have a 5 year old car that has been giving some trouble recently. Your brought it down to the local service center for
    them to run diagnostic tests.

    The Report comes back

    MILD - Ok, so there is a problem, but I think it can be fixed by adding some fuel cleaner and changing the engine oil. Easy thing to do, will not cost much. However, if you ignore it, down the line, this mild problem could
    developed into a bigger problem.

    MODERATE - Yes, we found a few parts that definitely show signs of wear and tear. I think if we bring it in to the shop, we should be able to do sum tune up therapy, and will probably have to add some engine and transmission medications. If you dont do this, I can almost be sure that this will deteriorate further. Maybe not in a few months, but down the line. Know do you want to be driving at night in a snow blizzard in a town you do not know. All of
    a sudden your car stops dead in its tracks, wont start or anything. Here is where you hit yourself in the head and say
    I should have listened, I should have taken care of it back then

    SEVERE - This is not good. I dont think any band aid approach is going to solve the problem.
    Sure, you can continue driving, but I am afraid if you do, you might have some permanent damage. I suggest that we remove the engine and see if we can rebuild it, if not, we are going to have to do a total replacement

    When it comes to cars, I think most people can see the picture... Well, its really not that different when it comes to diagnostic tests.

    The degree of severity as outlined above, is the same when it comes to MRI readings. Just look at those words and relate them to your situation.

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    A physiatrist.can manage a patients 'total' situation. Including prescribing medications, coordinating diagnostic tests and other treatments.

    So many people deal with stenosis on a daily base. In some cases, there is surgery that will help to eliminate some of that pain. Take a look at Spinal Stenosis

    Physical Therapy is very important for you, for either the stenosis or pinched nerve. Even though you are hurting, you need to have sessions. The initial PT sessions may even cause more discomfort, but you are looking for an objective of not being in the pain you are in now.

    You condition should not stop you from doing those things you like. If you had surgery, then perhaps that might be some restrictions., but.for now, talk this over with your doctor to find out what things you can do now.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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