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Lower back pain but MRI normal

hello, I am 29 this year (female) and I am having a lower back pain for the last few months. The pain goes down my legs (mostly left leg) and it's usually when I am walking (it's really sore) or lately even when I am resting. Most of the time my back feels like its swollen or like someone keeps pushing it down or squeezing it from both sides. For the last two weeks I am going to chiropractor and gotta say it does help but only when I am not doing anything - pain goes back when I am in work (work in a supermarket which of course involves lifting, pulling, stretching etc). I had my MRI done today and when I went to see my chiropractor to show him the disc with the pictures he said everything looked normal to him. Of course I didn't have the full report because it takes up to 48hrs before the report is ready but I think the chiropractors know what they are talking about (at least I hope so). Either way, MRI seems ok but the pain is still there. Did anyone have the same problem before?


  • I would get full report before see chiro.
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,836
    I would wait until you get the formal review of your MRI. Based on the MRI image , the medical professional can try to pinpoint the problem. But please keep in mind, that because you are having pain, does not mean that the MRI has to show a problem.

    Many people have MRI's that come back looking normal, but the patient is still in pain. Why? The doctor would also use their clinical examination to verify what the MRI is saying. There are enough In the doctor's office tests that can help identify what is going on.

    It may not be a disc problem, it could be a muscular problem....

    But, personally, I would hold of seeing a chiropractor. Just do some searching here on these forums and you will see that the majority of folks would not or do not recommend seeing a chiropractor once a spinal disc problem is identified.

    Wait until you get the results
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  • mcjimjammmcjimjam Posts: 307
    edited 02/03/2014 - 11:47 PM
    Most of my pain is in lower back so the first test I had was a lumbosacral xray. That came back with nothing. A few months later new GP did an exam and found a tender spot at lower thoracic. He ordered a thoracic CT scan, which showed a bunch of "schmorl's herniations". My GP said that all the lower levels of the spine were under extra stress from this. A "referred" pain I guess.
  • thank you for your comments. I should have my results back either today or tomorrow. On the MRI my discs seems ok well hydrated and structure looks good and all. He started to think that it could be a mechanical lower back pain so at this point I don't really know what to think. What I know is that my left leg on the butttoks level hurts when I sit, walk or lay down. I have an appointment with the company doctor tomorrow cuz they want to make sure I won't hurt myself more than I already did (which is good cuz I won't have do all the packing and lifting). Ill wait and see what the report says - if there's nothing on it I'll go to my GP ask him to order some more tests I guess - so far I was only sent out with tramadol and some antiinflamatory tablets which didn't help at all and that's the reason I went to see a chiropractor because GP technically had no clue :(
  • got my MRI report today and it says my lumbar spine is normal which is a geat news but still don't know why I am in pain :-( chiropractor thinks it could be a mechanical back pain so i really dont know what think now. GP was sending me home twice with a muscle spasms and bunch of painkillers which never really helped. Really don't know what to do next :-(
  • A chiropractor . A lot. But after seeing the doctor an having tests done etc, doc said don't go to chiro. As it turns out she was making me hurt more. I was sick an in tears all the time. Now that things are under control I would like to see her once a month or something, but in the crisis she was not the one for me to see.
  • YouShttopThat said:
    got my MRI report today and it says my lumbar spine is normal which is a geat news but still don't know why I am in pain :-( chiropractor thinks it could be a mechanical back pain so i really dont know what think now. GP was sending me home twice with a muscle spasms and bunch of painkillers which never really helped. Really don't know what to do next :-(
    Maybe get a MRI with Contrast ( injection of a dye or iodine into the bloodstream) It picks up and shows everything.
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