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How long to wait for mri results?

Iv been waiting for spinal mri results on nhs for almost 7 weeks. Surely this isn't normal? Iv repeatedly called my doctors office (from which test results are only available for half an hour per day 4 days a week) just to be constantly told they haven't arrived yet. Anyone else had this problem?*********************************************************************************************************
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It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,

Here are some questions that you should answer:

  • - When did this first start?
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    - What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
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    - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
    - What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
    - Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
    - Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
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I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

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7 Weeks is a LONG time to wait. Normally, the imaging results are read within 24 hours. Then its a matter of time before the doctor views the images, reads the report and document its findings. The longest I have ever waited was 2 weeks. But then, I found out from several doctors, no bad news, no rush in providing the patient with answers. If it was bad, they would let you know right away.

I did have a problem with that and still do. I dont understand why someone can uphold information just because it is not bad. The person on the receiving end is anxious, waiting for some answers. Its like being on pins and needles, you just want to know one way or another. But not getting the information, is wrong.

Personal Opinion, not medical advice :

--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 05/22/15 09:34 est


  • sandi123ssandi123 Posts: 456
    edited 05/23/2015 - 2:33 AM
    It seems to take longer to get results from testing than in the US. You can call the doctors office and ask them to contact where the imaging was done to see if there is an expected date that the results should be available.

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