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MRI and Chronic Lower Back Pain what is it

AnitamAAnitam Posts: 17
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Chronic Pain
I have been in pain for about 2 years now. After I had my son in 2006 I have not been the same. I had to have two spinal blocks they both failed, and I ended up being put to sleep to deliver my son via Ceaseran. 2 weeks after having him I was in a lot of pain it started with my lower back and then went into my legs. I could barely walk. I went to the Dr and they said I had sciatica. I have just delt with the pain until 3 months ago when I just could not take it anymore. I have severe pains in both legs, shooting like pains and also stabbing pain in my lower back. Went to PT did nothing, so then I went for an MRI which stated that Chronic T11, T12, L1 and L2 Schrorl's Nodes noted. At T11-T12 broad based annulus bulge mildly efface the ventral thecal sac. Annulus bulges are noted L1-2 through L5-S1. My Doctor said that I should not be in pain at all, but I am so I am looking for suggestions on where to go from here! I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks


  • If it is possible, check out your MRI films and get a secind opinion.

    I was told for 17 years that there was nothing wrong, yet, like you, there I was. It was a second opinion and a lot of conservative treatment that led me where I am now.... but I feel in the legs the best I have in more than a decade.

    If you cannot go to a second opinion, i would suggest getting referred to a Pain Management (PM) clinic... they will treat the pain and pain only -- may get some relief.

    Wish I could be more help to you...

    Best of Wishes,
  • Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really do appreciate it! I was thinking of getting a second opinion, but after 2 years of the Doctor's treating me like I am a liar, I start to get a little discouraged, but you are right I think that a second opinion is in order. Thanks again!
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  • It's my pleasure to try and help......

    It's always hard to make decisions like that when you have spent a lot of time with the docs you have.

    I remember feeling like I was betraying their trust because I didn't believe them anymore and that led to a lot of suffering. The key is to remember they are in a business, to make money while you are in a life, to enjoy as much as possible.... when you look at it that way, the two really do not go together.

    You have to do what you .... from what I see in your reply, have decided to do...ONLY for you. It IS your life, and it IS your determination what that life will be like today.

    This forum exists to help those, like you and ME, who do indeed get discouraged. We are here to care for one-another... in a manner of speaking.

    I look forward to seeing you about the forums and wish you the very best of times,

  • I agree on getting a 2nd opinion! Preferably from a Doctor that specializes in the spine. Your PCP should have no problem at all referring you to a specialist since apparently this is something they either can't or don't want to address. IF your PCP does express they have a problem with you seeking another opinion, then get yourself a new PCP and kiss that one goodbye! There is no reason NOT to get a 2nd opinion when it comes to back problems because the causes can be so complex with the various things that can be affected back there.

    As was already suggested-make sure you have your MRI (either films or cd, and report) with you when you get this appt, and have a list of any questions you'd like answered so that you won't forget anything (like I do! lol)

    Please keep us posted-I'd like to know what the 2nd op. Doc has to say! Good luck and hope you feel better soon!
  • Thank you so much for taking the time to help me out! I really appreciate it. After being in pain for 2 years it starts to wear a person down. I am new to this site and I am happy that I decided to give it a try. I called my Doctor and asked to be referred to a specialist and he said that a neurosurgeon would not be able to help me seeing there was nothing on my MRI that points to the problem. I can not sit or stand for to long. I can not even vacuum or mop my floors because of the pain. The only answer he has for me is to rest and try not to do anything physical. I then had to mention to him that I am a mom of 2 and there was no way that I could stay in bed. He wants me to go back to PT after already going for 6 weeks, PT only hurt me worse. I am 24 years old and there is no reason I should be in this amount of pain. I can not even go to the grocery store, without breaking down in tears because my legs hurt so bad. I have like electric shocks that go down the front and backs of both legs mostly the right leg. I also have a constant pain in my buttock area. This has been a battle for a long time. I have been going through the same medical group and I am starting to wonder why they don't want to do anything about it. When they ask me what happened for my back to hurt. I tell them that after I had the spinal blocks my back as never been the same. I am not saying that is what caused it, but like I said before that is when I noticed the pain. This is the same medical group that did the spinal when I had my baby. Do you guys know what the MRI results mean because he tried to tell me that I am just fine and not to worry and now he does not want to send me to a specialist. I would appreciate the feedback as far as the MRI results go....Thanks again both of you have been so helpful!
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  • He should not give you a medical opinion for someone that you have not even seen! I would TELL him to refer me to a neurosurgeon, and I would stand in his office while he did it. Sounds like you have a pcp that takes offense at being "second-guessed". He's not trying to take care of 2 little ones while being in pain. If he's a good Dr.,then he will be happy to assist you in finding a remedy for your problem. And if he's not....unless you take control, you won't get better! Don't let him intimidate you. Hope you find some relief, I have only one little one and I know how hard it can be. Have a good day
  • If you have annulur bulges at all your lumbar levels, any one of them can be compressing a nerve & causing the radicular pain. Have you tried Neurontin or Lyrica? This is generally prescribed for nerve pain. It is also being prescribed for fibromyalgia.
  • Hi there,
    I have been on Neurontin for about a month with no help. I also take percocet and Soma to help me sleep at night. The Soma seems to help me at night because normally I am up most of the night. Oh I also take Naproxin I have been taking that for about 3 months. I am going to give the Neurontin a few more weeks to work. The Doctor basically says that the MRI shows no reason for me to be having any sort of pain. I am not understanding that
  • My mri also shows normal amounts of degeneration, that my PM doc says would normally not cause pain. But thankfully she does beleive that I am in pain, and is treating me.

    I hope you find someone who will give you the help that you need.
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