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MRI not showing anything so Im referred to Psychiatrist???

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  • I think we all agree the pain is not "in your head".  Having said that it won't hurt you to see a mental health professional who deals with the issue of how to cope with chronic pain.  In fact, many doctors insist on mental health care as part of the healing process in treating chronic pain patients.  

    I have found, over my many years, it's important to develop a close relationship with at least one doctor.  I am close to my primary care doctor.  I try to get a Primary care doctor that values a close relationship with his/her patients.  Does this mean longer wait times to be seen-sure.  Such doctors take extra time with their patients but they get to know you and believe you.

    Nutcase-I think your post is fine and didn't see any reason It would need changing but, lol, I am not a moderator.  After all, some doctors got D's and C's in medical school.

  • jme123jjme123 Posts: 27
    edited 12/17/2018 - 9:25 PM

    I was shocked after I recently looked at paperwork I have at home from 3 specialists. I found they manually found and documented exact areas MRI is showing(C5 bulge and T2 herniation). Also found MRI request form from 2015 (that was instructed by emergency room doctor) states to look for issues from C5-T1. (it came back negative.)

    -Current MRI (that was to primarily examine base of my skull as suggested by chiropractor)  DOES all of a  show sudden show injuries almost exact matches emergency room doctors request of examination on MRI 2015 (to examine C5-T1).

    -I'm confused why all of a sudden does the MRI that was previouly negative(2015) all of a sudden positive (2018) And why has no one caught on that current MRI is showing exact problem the emergency room doctor requested in 2015 that was negative, only this time it is a positive match? 

    -No one will listen to me I feel like Im banging my head against a wall, the doctors are immediately hostile with me, it seems because they know its for potential disability claim I can barely get a word in.

     -I dont have family doctor so Im bounced around and no one has these records all together.  Im hoping this paperwork I have may show some proof, Im just surprised the hospital or anyone has not put it together as a match, so exhausting. The Neurologist was only comparing proof from Motion Xray, he has none of these specialists findings or emergency room doctor.

    -So my current MRI is being ignored because its purpose was to compare the base of my skull only, no one realizes it did show what I have been complaining about for 10 years, (there is 2 issue regarding my neck base of skull and down my spine but Neurologist does not understand this I guess). 


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  • MRIs are read by radiologist and surgeons, he may have been comparing your previous ones and looking or differences to explain your pain and that is why he was saying negative changes, just a guess... My first experience with ortho and nuero surgeons concerning my neck, back pain and tingling in fingers the MRI didn't show damage that would equate to the symptoms, went to a third neurosurgeon who did a myelogram and found the overriding issue at that time and had a 4 hour laminectomy that was supposed to last less than 90 minutes but due to the scar tissue on the nerve outlet a c4/c5 it took that long.  Keep looking for answers, someone will find the cause, I would see the psychologist , it might help reduce your stress levels while searching for answers.

    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
  • nutcase007nnutcase007 United StatesPosts: 693
    davrunner - You are another example where MRIs did not find "the problem".  The myelogram found it.  When a doctor wants to use only an MRI to diagnose a problem, it is time to get another opinion.  An MRI is just one of many diagnostic tools available in trying to diagnose a spine issues. 


  • Not every neurologist is the same I've been to several that bluntly come out and told me I was not in need of a neurologist but need mental help , I even had one yell at me loud enough that the whole office heard him , I had been dealing with doctors since 99 when I was hit by a car walking into my job,  I started getting copies of every visit and had them write what the where telling me  that way when time for next appointment I'd automatically show them this is what was said and what we decided to do finally this year I was referred to neuro surgeon who was going to do a band aide surgery but after reviewing my records and see I have a blockage in the head decided on the epidural injection,  which I just had done on the 28th so far no difference , but unsure who your insurance is but mine is b/c b/s out of Arkansas and they have what's called Advanced Medical which is free if insured with them , but it's a group of doctors who view all medical records and give advice on what they think your doctor need to do or what doctors you may need to see unsure if this is helpful to you but may want to see if your insurance may have something similar  , it did help me with several things that my doctors missed .

    Best of luck to you and hope you find the help you need soon please keep us updated .

    May God Bless You 

    Lea

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