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Quick bit of advise please, R.E MRI & Timeframes

sophielummsssophielumms Posts: 1
edited 06/01/2015 - 10:07 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Hoping someone can give me a quick insight....

Story is woke up with severe pain in back 4 1/2 weeks ago which got worse over two days or so and ended up going to emergency room in hospital. They gave me IV drip for pain and prescribed strong meds to take at home. The dr didn't do an Xray or MRI but said it was a probable herniated disc and lumbago and to have physiotherapy to help treat it. Worth mentioning that i work abroad and the DR didn't speak fantastic english so conversation was kept to minimum.

Any who question is i have had 4 physiotherapy treatment and then she referred me for osteopathic treatment of which im still receiving and although i am making progress it is very slow.

Questions are;

Is it worth me going to see an orthopedic specialist now im almost 5 weeks post injury and ask for an MRI?


How long with conservative treatment does it take?

I am off work at the moment as i am a chef who on a daily basis cooks for 30 people on a boat, and have to stand for 10-14 hours a day for work so am no where near being able to return as there are no adjustments that can be make at the work place to lighten the load of the job.

I look forward to any advise you may have,



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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 06/01/2015 - 10:07 AM
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  • About 10 years ago, I herniated my L5-S1. At the time, I assumed I pulled a muscle and could rehab it. I was very sore, but it wasn't a situation where I felt numb or needed surgery. Fast forward 5 years, and I re-injured myself in a big way while moving some office furniture. It was at that time when my disc "went black." I can remember the experience, driving to work, tears in my eyes, the disc starting to feel like a piece of dried wood. I often wonder if I had had imaging studies and discussed the situation with my doctor when it first herniated, if I would have been more aware of the danger I was in.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    I have had a couple of MRIs. By my primary initially, and then when I started seeing spine specialist.
    PM did more and different types of testing and also another MRI to double check what he saw from other tests.

    My primary tried to take care of my chronic pain for two years then referred me to pain management/neurologist.
    Best thing to happen to me.
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  • sandi123ssandi123 Posts: 456
    edited 06/26/2015 - 2:40 AM
    Can take some weeks to resolve if it is simply sciatica. A herniated disc, depending on its size, and whether it not it is contact with other structures in the spine can also resolve on its own given time and conservative treatment.
    If the pain and symptoms continue, consulting with a spine surgeon for another opinion may not be a bad idea since you have had no imaging done.

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