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A little knowledge on epidural/ stand up mri

BgeoormatBBgeoormat Posts: 1
edited 08/28/2015 - 11:10 PM in Lower Back Pain
I had a lay down mri done for my lower back, in which the doctor said I have a mild bulge at l5 s1.. I agree to disagree my pain is a lot more than mild I deal with a lot of pain from sciatica and lower back pain as well.. He told me that an epidural injection would help me out and get me back to work, I really feel like he's trying to push me out of the system as if he doesn't believe that I actually hurt.. I have researched the stand up mri and from what I read they are the way of the future as they show your back in a weight bearing position.. I have heard of people going along time being pushed out by multiple doctors only to finally get a stand up mri and then handed a list of injuries that a traditional mri could not pick up... My pain is real and constant hence why I am searching frantically again at 2am... Anyone with any answers please I am open ears

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,877
    The Stand up MRI units are not quite as clear as the conventional one. Some day they may be, but they are not there yet
    MRI, What is it

    No on one the Spine-Health patient forums is medically qualified to provide any advice or
    or recommendations on any diagnostic test. However, the following key words can always be applied.

    • 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

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  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,817
    The recumbent MRI is much stronger also, I think 1.5 tesla is strongest standup. My doctor told me that 5tesla is out now only used in reasearch and 7 tesla is being developed. Her opinion is that things not currently seen on MRI will be revealed with new technology down road.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
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