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I think I may have herniated disc?

amigoodaamigood Posts: 4
edited 03/30/2015 - 12:23 AM in Lower Back Pain
Okay, so I'm currently 19 years old. I'll be 20 in May.
I started getting pain around the end of October of last year and I thought it was a pulled muscle and I didn't think much of it.
I was so stupid that I even went running 5 or 6 days after the pain started because I thought it was a pulled muscle and I assumed that it would go away on its own. (I pulled a muscle in my lower back 2 or 3 times the past year)
But it didn't. The pain kept being persistent and still is almost 6 months later.
When I went to my primary care physisican, he wasn't of much help. He just prescribed pills and that was it.
After sometime he ordered an x-ray and said that my back was fine and that I didn't have any problems.
The pain kept being persistent and he eventually reffered me to a neurosurgeon (which was stupid because he was supposed to reffered me to a neurologist instead of a neurosurgeon.)
A nurse eventually helped book an appointment with a neurologist and when I finally saw him he ordered an MRI which my insurance accepted. (I had healthfirst, since I was living in NYC at the time)

Anyways this is what my MRI said this:
MRI of the lumbar spine
Indication: Pain
MRI of the lumbar spine
was performed with sagittal *tse T1-weighted, sagittal *tse T2-weighted,
sagittal STIR, axial *tse T1-weighted, and axial *tse T2-weighted.
The physioligical lordosis of the lumbar spine is preserved. There is no evidence of fracture, or a malignant lesion of bone.
The intervertebral discs are unremarkable, without evidence of herniation. The spinal canal, dural sac, neural foramina and nerve roots are normal. there is no evidence of stenosis.

Impresion: No significant abnormality of the lumbar spine.

So basically it says that I'm fine?

But I feel a little bugle sticking out in my lower back?
I've come back to Florida now due to my health.
My mother went to take me to this "healer," from Mexico and she rubbed my back and did a few cracks here and there and she said that I seem to have a herniated disc.
I told her that nothing showed on the MRI?
I still don't know what my problem is and I'm worried that I won't have a normal life anymore.
If someone could please help me I'll be beyond grateful.
Thank you,
- Felix

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  • my best advice to you is to get a copy of your films and bring them to two neurosurgeons that specialize in spine. after your mri did you have another consult with your neurosurgeon? he should have looked the films over himself. my neurosurgeon always looks at the films..i actually forgot the films one appointment and they wouldnt even see me. they made me reschedule the appointment ha.

    another possibility is that you have a thoracic or cervical herniation that could be radiating down into lumbar. im not a dr though, so id see what your doc thinks

    pain is tough when you aren't sure what is causing it.
  • I wasn't able to see my neurologist because I was leaving NYC 5 days after I had the MRI.
    He was a very busy neurologist and any appointment that you could make would take 2-3 weeks to see him.
    I left with the paperwork of the MRI.
    However, I haven't seen anyone after the Mexican healer.
    I'm getting a bit worried.
    I'm gonna apply for Medicare here in Florida, so I can see another doctor and find out what I can actually do to fix my problem.
    Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
    Thanks you
  • the paperwork is useless...get the cd of your films and bring it somewhere.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,868
    the written document about your MRI will provide you with more information than any MRI film.

    So many people 'think' they can read MRI images and then they start to get all excited and worked up because they found something that looked terrible. When in fact, it was something very normal.

    Let the interpretation of MRI images be left in the hands of professionals. And for the reports, they can get very confusing, but
    here are some very simple guidelines:

    • MILD Treated with conservative measures such as Physical Therapy and mild medications. Many times these situations can be cleared up and the condition can be resolved.
      MODERATE Some more treatments may be needed, ie Spinal Injections, Ultra sound and stronger medications. Always a possibility of more aggressive treatment if the conservative measures don't help
      SEVERE Need for stronger medications. The requirement for surgery may be necessary

    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
  • ron, i wasn't suggesting that the op, read the films herself. i was stating that it would be helpful to have the films on cd so that any future surgeon she sees can read them and explain things to her by showing her on the screen. i personally believe that neuro and ortho surgeons are just as qualified to read films as radiologists. i know the neurosurgeon i saw wouldnt even see me the one day i forgot my films..he told me not to look at the report and just to let him see the films! in this case the originalposter has back pain but the radiologist said there wasn't much i n the way of findings..so maybe another dr she sees will see a difference?
    also unfrotunately mild herniations can still not heal. i have some mild and moderate herniations and bulges that are getting worse
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,868
    edited 03/31/2015 - 10:02 AM
    I just wanted to re-state the fact about lay people attempting to read MRI images.

    Anytime a patient goes to visit a doctor, they should always have

    • - Results of all diagnostic tests
      - List of their current and past conditions
      - List of any surgeries, when, what, etc
      - List of current medications
      - List of current allergies
    This just helps makes sure nothing falls through the cracks
    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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