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My first encounter with back issues



  • Your MRI results are only one piece of information that a doctor uses to diagnose your condition and candidate treatment plans. I have had MRI results for both my neck and my lower back. My MRI results for my neck had words like "severe" in them while my initial lower back results showed "mild". A number of years later, the chiropractor seem to get my neck at a manageable pain level but did nothing for my lower back. I ended up getting surgery on my lower back and that is doing much better although I don't think I will ever be like I was when I was younger.

    I would not surrender at a young age merely because of the wording in a MRI. Many have scary MRI reports and end up doing fine without surgery. Some end up needing surgery and end up doing reasonably well. There are very few who end up worse off and they may have ended up there anyhow. Modern medicine has advanced and if you get the right treatment plan you most likely will have an enjoyable life. No one can promise you that, but the statistics are in your favor.
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