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new MRI results- how to make sense of them?

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  • When you meet with your doctor they may see things completely different than what your report says, they may see it as better or worse, there are many conservative treatments that can be beneficial, but like I said only a doctor can decide what treatments are right for you, you may take your images and report to 3 different doctors and get 3 different opinions as far as severity goes.

    I have been in your situation several times, the last time was about 1 month ago, I had a myelogram, looked at the report, talked to another person that is well versed in spinal problems, we were both convinced I was headed for another surgery, went to my surgeon and he looked at everything and said he didn't think it looked as bad as what the report said and didn't think I needed surgery at this time.

    What I have been telling you is you are going to drive yourself crazy looking at all this, I know it is hard to get it out of your head, but you will be a lot better off if you try to relax and not obsess over the report until you consult with your doctor, waiting for the answers is very hard, but being stressed out will only make your situation worse, stress tightens everything up and only makes your pain worse.

    When is your appointment with your surgeon?

    Chip 

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,526

    @hunttux

    Please keep in mind, forum rules

    6.02 You agree not to ask for any analysis or interpretation of diagnostic tests (ie MRI, CTScans, EMG, etc.),

    6.03 You agree not to respond to any request for analysis of diagnostic tests (ie MRI, CTScans, EMG, etc.)

    While you stated that you are not asking for an interpretation, you are asking others for the next step.  That still boils down to giving and asking for advice.

    The only person who is qualified to provide you with answers to your question is a doctor.   Any other input from members here may be solely based on their experiences.   And one thing that has proven out over time on these forums, what worked for one member does not work for another.

    It also sounds like you would like some direction on where to go.  Please read  Chronic Pain , a step by step approach

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • hunttuxhhunttux Posts: 6
    edited 03/21/2019 - 7:37 AM

    [edit]- what is wrong with you people. I was pretty damn clear, although you moderators seem hell bent on turning everything into a violation. What is the point of a support forum when you try to limit all forms of potential support?!

    You moderators May need to re-evaluate what your mission here and whether you are furthering it. 

    Good thing the internet is a big place- I will move along and find somewhere that doesn’t try their hardest to put up roadblocks for people looking for help/Hope  

    Give your collective heads a shake!

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  • I am sorry you feel that way, I personally think I have given you some very good information and advice, although it was not what you wanted, I am really not sure what it is that you want, you said you wanted validation of your symptoms, so people would take you seriously, I gave you that, if you want me to tell you that you need surgery, I am not qualified to make that decision, if you find somebody else on the BIG internet that does tell you that, THEY ARE A FOOL.

    Good luck to you, by the way if you decide to stay here you will be welcome but your profanity will not.

    Chip

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745

    hunttux

    I edited your original discussion to remove the sentence referring to the link which you posted wrong so your images didn't show up. This sentence then made no sense. I did not remove the image.

    You wrote...........

    "am i correct in looking at that image and thinking that bulge(s) is the cause of all my pain? " 


    Asking for opinions is not permitted as there are no medical professionals and members would have commented to tell you so.


    Liz, 

    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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  • Question for moderator Liz: how have you avoided surgery so far for spinal stenosis? My doctor does not want to cut into my neck but the pain has been excruciating while waiting for lumbar surgery and not being allowed to take meds anymore. He suggested more PT or Radiofrequency ablation, which I’m not too sure about. Thanks!

  • Meant to put cervical spinal stenosis

  • Hunntux, I can understand your frustration and worry and anxiety and hearing the rules doesn’t make it any better or easier. I can say that everyone who comes here for the very first time has the same concerns. You ask what’s next? The surgeon will review the MRI and either agree or disagree with the radiologist report. Then on your next appointment with the surgeon, He/ She will go over the report and explain your treatment plan and what he thinks is best for you. Prior to this appointment, make a list of all questions you have for him. It’s easier to write them down because you will forget some of the questions. He might order more test, nothing to worry about, there easy test. Then if more test are ordered and he’ll give you his full treatment plan and what needs to be done. And I understand you looking for hope! There’s ALWAYS hope! The WORST thing you can do, is to google all these terms and read all these horror stories! That are out there in google land! Sit back and relax, wait for your appointment! Please keep us posted....David

    DavidG

    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,526

    pekelover said:
    Question for moderator Liz: how have you avoided surgery so far for spinal stenosis?

    Liz, my respond directly to you.  But for more details regarding your questions, you should read 

    What you need to know about Stenosis

    Its best to keep this discussion on track

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Joel1QJJoel1Q Posts: 324
    edited 03/21/2019 - 10:19 PM

    Huntux 

    Hope you hang around. In Aug 2017 my lumbar MRI showed four nerve impingements, two at L3/L4, one at L4/L5 and one at L5/S1.  I had the mandatory 6 weeks of physical therapy before my insurance even approved the MRI.  I then had 5 steroid injections, none of which really helped.  Continued PT during this time but did not improve at all. My pain dr at the time suggested a surgeon consult and I finally had three level lumbar surgery, fusion, decompression, 3 cages, loads of screws and rods and screws on the back side in Feb/Mar 2018.  

    A year later I still deal with SI joint disfunction and neuropathy like pain in my lower legs and feet, along with numbness of most of my feet and all of my toes. 

    One word of advise if you end up going the surgical route or not, try your hardest not to rely on opiates for pain relelief unless your pain mandates and Drs prescribe it.  It’s so hard to get off them once you rely on them for long periods of time. 

    L3-S1 ALIF Feb 2018 and 

    L3-S1 PLIF Laminectomy and Fusion March 2018

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