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Can an MRI tell me what's wrong?

edited 08/19/2015 - 3:02 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi, I am new to this, just joined today. I was diagnosed a couple weeks ago by my primary care doctor through a physical exam that I have a bulging disc in my neck resulting from a whiplash style injury. At first I thought it was just a sprained neck and let it go for a week, but the pain got worse and worse. I have had intense pain from the left side of my neck, down left shoulder and down left arm to mid forearm. No arm weakness, tingling, or numbness. Anyway, the pain has not gone away or subsided even a little after the 5 day round of high doses of prednisone. I'm out of pain meds and afraid to ask for more because I don't want to look like a junkie but Tylenol is not cutting it. I'm getting off point, my apologies. So, yesterday I talked to the doctor and he is going to schedule an MRI with me as soon as it clears with my insurance company. I already did x-rays on neck and shoulder and they don't show any problems, so he believes it's a bulging disc pinching a nerve. My questions is-if I go do the MRI, and it is not a bulging disc, can the MRI still tell me why I am in so much pain? Can it pick up on neurological issues? I'm usually a pessimist, which I hate about myself, but I keep thinking it won't show anything and I will be left in pain with no diagnosis or treatment. Once again, I am a newbie, so please forgive any ignorance I might have LOL, thanks.



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    edited 08/19/2015 - 3:02 AM
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