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how to read lumbar spine mri & neck mri??

innerphreakiinnerphreak Posts: 1
edited 01/07/2016 - 10:11 PM in Spinal Stenosis
please someone help me. i have no idea how to read or what this thing means. and my primary doc is a [edit]. (only reason i stay is his blood person gets me every time and since i have hashimotos disease (thyroid problems) i must get blood done many times a year.
i have been suffering w/lower back problems for id say a good 20 yrs at first i would feel some discomfort if i had too many dishes to do. (standing too long) now its unbearable. the only way i can do anything is to do it super fast if i have to stand more than 5 min i start to bend over in pain the crazy part is AS LONG AS I SIT DOWN IM NO LONGER IN PAIN. it has moved from side to side anyway i got an mri (a reg. one ) a few yrs ago and was told i had some slight arthritis then i sent it to that place on tv that says they can do a non invasive surgery on ppl w/spinal stenosis and have u better in a couple days. they said i was a candidate for the surgery but they didnt take my insurance well that was a few years ago. in the meantime i got hashimotos disease and when i was given levothyroxene it seemd to make my back pain go away for over a year i could play w/my son and do things i hadnt done in years. then i was hit by a car and my neck started hurting and my lower back started to hurt as it did a few years ago and im bugging out cause it hurts worse than ever. I CAN NOW GET THE SURGERY THROUGH NO FAULT . IM wondering if anyone has gotten this surgery and how did it work? also do those excerisises work? i can not imagine any excersise working for me this is just too intense. OH BTW WHEN I GO TO THE SUPERMARKET AND HAVE A CART I CAN WALK AROUND for about 20 min w/out the cart id say about 2 min before i bend over in agony. i have an 8 yr old im 50 and i need to get back to my old self since this back and thyroid [edit] i have gained over 80 lbs i cant excersise or play or do anything. my life is horrible and id rather die than live this way. i have had enough of hearing myself "my back" i cant cause my back) its groce already. i know if my pain went away id lose 80lbs no problem. but this way is just hell. if anyone can help me read these results that would b awesome cause it seems its all in my head and i cant imagine this pain is just a lite arthritis i just cant believe that. thanks lisa


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  • 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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