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Are the findings in my MRI basically my diagnosis

I am new to this site and I just had an MRI and I am currently not working and disabled going for my disability so I am on county insurance. I am not being approved so far for a follow up appointment with the orthopedic specialist who ordered the MRI. The MRI came back with a lot in it and I am wondering if the MRI findings are the actual diagnosis or do I still need a doctor to back it up. My hearing could be anytime and I am worried.
I am assessed with spinal stenosis and I have been seeing a chiropractor and county doctors for lumbar stenosis now for 18 months. I am taking gabapentin, meloxicam, flexeril and other medications for depression and anxiety.
My injuries go back 25 years and are due to a series of events such as sports, accidents and even an abusive relationship I was unfortunate enough to get involved in.
I am having a hell of a week now. I cannot reach my disability attorney. I keep getting a vm I have only left two messages, but that is my anxiety kicking in. I just want to ask this same question I am asking on this site. The county keeps losing my referral for my final and follow up appointment with the orthopedic specialist who ordered the MRI.
I want to know if the findings in the MRI without the doctor doing another thing are enough to go into my disability hearing with. My MRI is showing a lot! I am not asking for legal advice. My question is simple. Is an MRI the diagnosis?
Thank you,



  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    ....Disability attorney not answering phone.
    He would know and should have been guiding everything so you know what to expect.

    I don't know about county...and my attorney handled everything where I only needed to be the patient.
    He sent forms to my doctors re' my conditions.
    Sorry, I don't know if MRI itself a diagnosis.

    Best of luck...let us know how things go.
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • Well common sense would dictate that an MRI is actually a diagnose since it is not only images but there is lots of text written as well.
    The same text that your doctor would copy of the MRI when assessing your problems.

    But as we all know the burocracy when it comes to getting something from the government is a real hell.
    Good luck and let us know how you get on.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    Without having a formal review and analysis of the MRI report and image, there is no formal diagnosis.

    I doubt any court would accept the MRI report as having enough medical fact. You need a formal diagnosis.
    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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