Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

The main site has all the formal medical articles and videos for you to research on.

Confused :(

weezlewweezle Posts: 14
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:43 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi everyone. My name is Jenn I am / was a teacher from PA until recently injured on the job. Tripped over foot of swing and twisted awkwardly. Having sever pain in lower back and down right leg and into right and left backside. Seen Dr. 3 days after incident due to legs going numb. CT scan revealed 3 minimally diffuse bulging disk at L3,L4, L5 causing some flattening of thecal sac and showing minimal hypertrophic facet changes.
Ive been on Muscle relaxers, anti inflammatory, pain meds, and have had first of 3 epidurals completed. Still in pain.
Had MRI done yesterday and received results today and to my surprise it shows .....NOTHING
THere is no fracture or subluxation. Disc space height and signal preserved. Marrow signal unremarkable. No finding of disc herniation, bulging annulus, or spinal stenosis. No facet hypertrophy, lateral recess narrowing or foraminal narrowing.
IMPRESSION- No abnormal MR findings.

I am in soo much pain that I am unable to walk normally, bend over or anything. Pain is still radiating down leg.
There has to be something there so why did MRI show nothing.


  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry you are suffering so.. first, your pain is real and an MRI does not always show up your pain. perhaps another test would do better. it sounds like you are having sciatica in your leg and could use some medical intervention there... don't give up and please realize that pain does not always show up on the mri...there are other tests!!!! see your doctor or another if he is not open to more testing... see if he won't treat your symptoms anyway. please feel free to stop by anytime!! good luck and i hope you find some answers soon. Jenny :) :)
  • Welcome to Spine-Health. I'm sorry to hear about the all-too-common problem of pain without something to clearly show the problem.

    What we know here is that if you take your MRI (not necessarily the report, but the MRI itself) to 10 different doctors, you're likely to get 10 different interpretations.

    With that said, it might be in your best interest to find a spine specialist and have them take a look at your MRI for a second opinion. You might even need a third or fourth opinion. Many of us prefer to find a fellowship-trained spine surgeon (ortho or neuro) but someone who only works on the spine. That doesn't necessarily mean surgery, oftentimes surgeons will just be able to see things in a different light and offer some conservative measures to see if they help.

    If it's definitely not a sprain or muscle-related problem, then I think that might be your next best step. Many members here have had to have multiple opinions from different doctors to find what specifically is causing the problems.

    Like I said before, this situation is not uncommon, so don't feel alone here. There will be many members who can commiserate with you and I'm sure members will come along shortly who will offer you more suggestions.

    Take care and please keep us posted.
  • advertisement
Sign In or Register to comment.