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MRI Results

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Chronic Pain
I finaly got an MRI done last Saturday and got the results yesterday. I have not sat down with my Doctor yet but the short of it was there isn't much going on in my upper back other than a few random bulges. The mri was of my thoriac area.

I am relieved and frustrated at the same time. I can't believe I hurt this bad and there isn't much going on with my back. My Doctor mentioned a few months ago it might be myofascial pain which I guess now would make sense. But would myofascial pain cause my leg and arm to tingle?

One question I have and I will ask my Doctor when I see him is when you get an MRI does it show all of your organs as well? Could there be something going on with my gallbladder or something else. Latley I have been having pain under my shoulder blade too. How much does an MRI show?

So I guess now I start physical thyrapy. I'm still afraid its something else.



  • No, I'm pretty sure it was just of my thoriac area. I don't understand why they can't do the whole back while they are at it, however I have not spoke to my Doctor yet so maybe they did.

    My husband spoke to him yesterday when he was in our office and gave my hubby the short version of the mri results. Do bulging disc's hurt?
  • As far as I know I don't have osteo arthritis. Would that show up on an MRI. I have an appointment with my Doctor at 2:00 this afternoon and maybe he will be able to answer someo of my questions, that is if he doesn't talk over my head like he usually does.

    I have been so angry lately and mostly taking out on my husband. I am just frustrated by this whole damned thing. I'm sure I don't need to tell you about frustration though.

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  • suziee, So many of us know the frustration that you feel. The first MRI that I got which was when I was in so much pain that I could not walk showed no major problems also. I was so mad and thought that the doc had to be a moron because something had to be seriously wrong with my back judging from my pain. What I have learned is that lots of times the problem does not show on MRI. There are lots of other tests that can be done it may just take some time for a diagnosis which most of us know is very frustrating. Good luck to you and please keep us posted.
    BTW- MRI shows soft tissue.
    Xray shows bone.
  • Hi Suziee, Like you my Thoracic spine did not show anything of significance, luckily they also did a cervical at the same time. I have spondilosis all over the cervical spine, the most significant being a bone spur at C5/6, it is pushing the spinal cord to the left and is covering the hole where the nerve for my left arm comes through. I have pain & tindling in both arms, pain in neck, head, down my spine, round my shoulder blades and into my chest. I have suffered sciatica on the left side for years, however now have a huge area in right thigh which is numb, then burns even on short walks and the sensation is now all the way to my foot. PLEASE PLEASE INSIST ON AN MRI OF YOU CERVICAL SPINE.
  • When I went to see the Doctor about my MRI he said that the cervical spine looked completly normal, so I guess when they did the MRI the did it of the Cervical as well as the thoracic spine.

    One question I do have is when they did the MRI they didn't inject me with anything. Had they injected me with a dye or whatever it is would they have been able to see more?
    I know my nephew just had an mri on his arm (Baseball Pitcher for the New Mexico Aggies) and they injected a dye first and he has ligiment that is torn. So why didn't they inject me with a dye?

    My Doctor wanted me to start walking a couple of times a week which I have just loved to do in the past but me and hubby went out for one that very evening after my appointment and I barly made it 50 yards before it had me in such pain I was crying. So how can I walk when the pain physically is too much for me? I was walking a couple of times a week when I had pain meds but I can't do it now.

    I swear I feel like this is cruel and unusual punishment.
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  • i many be wrong but mris show muscle, bone pictures. i believe if you want organs checked out a cat scan would be best. it only takes 2-3 minutes and is no big deal. it shows all organs and goes from stem to stern. it shows heart kidney stomach etc. maybe you should ask dr for a cat scan if mri does not show anything and you are worried about organ problems
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • I have had 2 fusions and a decompression. Now I just seem to be left with myofacial syndrome problems from the surgeries which weaken the back and cause scar tissue. It is possible your problems are myofascial even without surgery. Tingling can be due to muscle spasms. What kind of pain do you have? Do you have muscle spasms? Trigger points? Have you talked to a physical therapist? I only know what I know from my own experience, but if it is myofascial, there are things that you can do to make it better. Trigger points are the key symptom. You should try PT - it's hard work but walking and the right exercises can really help.
  • Since I first posted this I have had a cervical MRI done and a cervical ESI as well. My neck has never bothered me but that is where they saw the most going on and they thought it may have been referred pain. Well that didn't help at all so just today I went in and an ESI done on my thoracic spine right where it hurts.. I am really hopeful this will help.

    I have thought about myofacial syndrome and my Doctor even mentioned that early on. My pain is all over the board, I do have at least 2 trigger points that the physical therapist identified. Alot of the time my back feels like the skin is moving and as I walk it goes up and down and feels very irratated. I also have terrible muscle spasams all over my upperback and into my shoulders and shoulder blade on the right side.

    The physcians assistant that I am seeing right now has all but said that its all in my mind. It's not in my head. Just because my MRI doesn't show a "smoking gun" doesn't mean that I am not in pain. He is such a Dweeb.
  • I did physical therapy for about 6 weeks and it seemed to make it worse. I think I would have been better off just doing the massage and skipping the exercises that were just irratating my back.

    Also, I do walk every day, not as far as I did before my back problems but probably 1 mile each day and I am pretty active at work, along with grocery shopping and keeping my home clean. I am by no means laying around like the Dweeb seems to think.

    Good talkin with you
  • Thought I'd check in and see if you found out anything. Your symptoms sound like how I felt before I started getting botox injections and Active Release massage. It was like there were little mice crawling around under my skin. And I had numbness and tingling in my arm. What kind of a Dr. are you going to? I have found a physiatrist (Physical Medicine specialist to be the most helpful. Also,I think they do do MRI with dye - my procedure says "MRI of the Cervical Spine with and without
    Gadolinium". Another thing - my surgeon didn't see that much on an MRI, but he had an X-ray done with me flexing my neck way back and forward and when it was flexed way back you could see a huge bonespur sticking out right into my spine. That's what he got rid of in my last surgery. Good luck!
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