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Pain with nothing on MRI???

autimom4everaautimom4ever Posts: 25
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:59 AM in Lower Back Pain

Is anyone else going through this?

I have been going through daily sacral/coxxyx pain along with right hip flexor/inguinal pain for 4 months now.

MRI shows nothing
Ortho says "I don't know"
Neurologist has sent me to PT (helps some)
Spine specialist gives me a coxxyx injection (has not worked).

I just want to know the cause of this pain and for it to go away...

I'm only in my 40's.... Not ready for a lifetime of pain..



  • I hate not knowing the cause of the pain. I remember having a lot of anxiety pre op about not knowing where the pain was coming from. I said, "I'll deal with whatever it is, I just need to know what it is!". I felt relieved when I was diagnosed, even though I needed surgery. Atleast I had hope. Now I am dealing with mid and low back burning pain with no diagnosis. MRI does not show anything significant. I am dealing with it through PT and meds, seems to be helping.

    Anyway, maybe try a different doctor?
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
  • I'm RIGHT with you on that one! Mine happened due to a fall, but every test comes back clean and every treatment doesn't work.
    I've been through cortisone injections, chiropractic treatments, physical therapy, nerve block procedures, and a radiofrequency neurotomy and NOTHING has helped.

    I'm 22 and certainly not ready for a life of pain. I'm not giving up on this, that's for sure!

    Good luck!
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  • I had the same problem about 6 months ago. But the thing is I have hardware in my back so nobody was able to clearly see what was going on in the area that I had pain. What I was suggested to do was get a diskogram done. It worked, they were able to see one cause of my pain (I have chronic pain that can't really be diagnosed though it's complicated..). They told me that I had a herniated disc and that they wouldn't have been able to find it without the diskogram. I mean, you could try it.. but it's really painful. They give you a twilight sedation for the beginning while setting you up and what not but wake you up in order for you to feel what they're doing to you because sadly your pain with the test is the only way they can diagnose you. Apparently they insert a needle into discs that you don't feel pain with and then a needle in the area where you do feel the pain. They'll inject I think a saline solution through each disc and if this solution stimulates the pain for you then they're going to know and clearly see what is going on in there. I suggest to give it a try :3
  • I'm the same feel like I'm going mad I'm fed up taking really strong painkillers as they start causing problems with other areas tried every spray/ heat pad going getting fed up searching for answers on the net and I'm bored sick of day tv! As I'm on morphine I'm not allowed to drive so what am I supposed to do MRI was clear was told wear and tear showed up which wasn't good- so how do I fix that! Been on traction beds too painful had physio made it worse so were do I go from now!!!!

    Rant over! Thanks for reading this
  • I have just got my results and the MRI shows 'Mild wear and tear.' I have been in pain for 6 months, sciatica in both legs and constant back pain. I cannot sit or drive for any amount of time.

    Everyone is saying what good news this is - and I guess they are right as it's not surgery or anything bad, however I wouldn't describe this pain as 'mild' and thats what it sounds like - as if I am making a fuss.

    How can such pain not actually be anything????

    Anyway good luck autimom! I am in my 40's too and not sure what to do next!

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  • I'm seeing that I am having to do stretches twice daily and trying not to focus on the pain (which is VERY hard)....

    I'm going to have a hard time if I have to have this pain for the rest of my life...

    ****TRYING to KEEP THE FAITH******
  • Hi,

    ive been having chronic lower back pain, spreading down into my left leg for the last 12 months. all of the tests have come back negative.

    I had facet joint injections 4 weeks ago and still in agony.

    any advice please.

    im 36 years old and dont want any stronger pain killers..
  • I know the feeling I've got enough tablets to start a my own chemist! Im fed up not being able to drive its been 3 months, just want to get off this medication ! Any body out there' got a magic wand please that I could borrow!!
  • Mri and many tests somerimes dont show the problem, Years ago i had few mri and other tests that never did show that i had l4l5 disc was leaking, Only years later i had a discogram which finaly concluded findings of the disc being bad,

    The disc leaking causes what leaks out to agrivate the nerve and feeling of sciatica symptoms along with what they call discogenic pain,

    The leak dont have to be real bad to cause severe pain so when they dont see it on an mri they assume pain cant be real bad, Thats when i learned that pain specialists work along with the ortho or neuro dr,s because many times who will do the surgery are mostly involved in doing just that, the surgery! If they cant see it they cant fix it,

    A good pain specialist is important to find the pain generator with the injections, discogram test, or whatever test he has to do so he can relay it back to the spine specialist for further consideration for posible surgery,

    I dont know if this is in any way helpful to any of you with your symptoms but i figured i toss it out there just in case,

    Nobody wants to have pain at any age and surely not for the rest of there life,

    You have to push to find the direct cause sometimes just so you know what your options are, Often surgery is not the best option for everyone, Often alternative treatments out there can help and improve a persons symptoms,

    With so many ending up with on going complications even after surgery, you have to be sure they are a 100% sure what the direct cause is for the pain, So geting more then 1 opinion even after having findings is usualy a very good idea,

    Spine is much more complicated then our car, You can replace the thermostat and see if that helps and if it dont you can always replace the water pump without causing any damage,

    With surgery each time they have to go in if wrong surgery was done or surgery just simply never resolved the problem, the scar tissue build up alone makes it a problem not to mention the damage they can cause during the surgery,

    Best of luck to all. And remember! An aple a day keeps the dr away,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Hi,
    Had a visit with my GP last night to explain that things have got no better and all he could say was

    "well i dont know what to do, i'll try and arrange for an earlier appointment with your pain doctor but in the mean time just take extra painkillers"

    I mean how many painkillers can he expect me to take a day???

    Sorry for the rant, hope you all have a great day...
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