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Modic Type I Endplate Changes

busdriver733busdriver733 Posts: 3
Has anyone been diagnosed with Modic Type I endplate changes? What has been your experience?


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  • Ugh! I know how frustrating the waiting is. It's so hard isn't it?
    Many years ago when MRI's were just becoming more available in England my Dad had to travel to a different county to have his done. They gave him his reports in a sealed envelope with the instruction to take it to his surgeon for a consultation the following week. It was Friday & being my parents they steamed it open & read it! They had an old medical encyclopedia (this was before the Internet) & started looking up every word trying to translate it. One word said CANCER. It was one of the longest most stressful weekends of our families life! They got it completely wrong!!
    There's so much more to diagnosis than just the words on the MRI. They list everything & much of it isn't relevant to our pain. The physical examination & discussion of our symptoms is just as important.
    If you want to prepare yourself for your consultation I always find it useful to make a list of all of my questions. I often forget things if I don't! A pain 'diary' listing the things that agrivate your pain & the things that relieve it is very useful. Sometimes specialists are rushed. Plan to get the most from your time with him. Make sure he takes you through your MRI & explains all of the relevant things.
    It's incredibly frustrating to be traveling home thinking of all the things you wish you'd asked! Just getting there & waiting around makes my pain spike. I always take a note book full of my questions & concerns & I take notes while we're talking.

    Best of luck. In the mean time keep yourself busy. I like studying & researching interests on my computer. I've found lots of new hobbies & interests since becoming a chronic pain patient. Finding something, anything to keep my mind distracted from my pain is invaluable for me. I'm pretty obsessive & obsessing on my pain makes everything worse & makes time really drag waiting for appointments.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • "If you want to prepare yourself for your consultation I always find it useful to make a list of all of my questions. I often forget things if I don't!"

    Excellent suggestion. I do that too.
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