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Can someone help me understand my MRI results? Please!

I have seen a spine specialist who has told me, that everything is fine, but my SI joint is possibly inflamed and my insurance will not cover a steroid injection. Here are my MRI results:
FINDINGS: There is anatomic sagittal spine alignment. Vertebral body heights are maintained. Marrow signal is within normal limits.
There are prominent endplate deformities consistent with Schmorl's nodes seen throughout the lumbar spine. This suggests Scheuermann's disease. (Spine specialist says I do not have this disease)
The distal spinal cord, the conus, and the cauda equina have normal conformation and normal intrinsic signal. The nerve roots of the cauda equina are distributed evenly with no apparent adhesions or masses.
L1-L2: No significant canal or foraminal stenosis.
L2-L3: No significant canal or foraminal stenosis.
L3-L4: Mild facet arthropathy. No significant canal or foraminal stenosis.
L4-L5: No significant canal stenosis. Mild facet arthropathy with mild bilateral foraminal stenosis.
L5-S1: No significant canal or foraminal stenosis.
Included soft tissues are unremarkable in appearance.
IMPRESSION: Endplate deformities suggesting Scheuermann's disease. No significant canal stenosis. Mild foraminal stenosis as discusses above.
I am a 24 yr old female and began having leg pain a year ago after a fall. I had hip surgery to clean up torn cartilage and to have born spurs shaven down. I was still experiencing leg pain associated with a pinched nerve after surgery and the MRI was ordered. My local gp and spine specialist are telling me my increasing pain in my back and continuing leg pain are non existent. I don't know what to do. I can't do more than maybe 15 minutes of cleaning up after my children before I'm in tears. I've tried every prescription anti inflammatory and over the counter, to no avail. I can't take it anymore and am now suffering from severe depression because my doctors don't believe me. I hope someone can help me out. Thank you! Lora


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 08/21/2014 - 9:16 PM
    There is nobody on the forum qualified or permitted to interpret or advise on a scan this is something you need to discuss with a doctor. I am sorry to heat you're don't feel you are being listened to, as you are not happy with your doctor's opinion then I suggest you seek a second opinion



    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I'm so sorry. I have young kids & crippling spine pain. I can't imagine having to tolerate this without the care & support of my doctors. It must be incredibly frustrating for you! I'd follow the advise about & seek a second (or third) opinion. There are some great, compassionate doctors out there...it can be hard finding them sometimes.
    MRI's don't always show everything. There are other diagnostic tests they can run. In my experience the way requests are presented to your insurance company makes all the difference. If your doctors believe that your SI joints could be causing the pain they can do the diagnostic injections to be sure. A different doc requesting this from your insurance company could have more luck!
    You know your body & your pain. Don't give-up! I know it's so hard being a Mum & dealing with all this. Advocate for yourself, I know it's exhausting sometimes but no-one else is going to do it for you.
    Best wishes ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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