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My doctor refused me a MRI scan.

Im 18, have slight scoliosis and for 4 years have had chronic back pain, having to take 8 co-codomol a day and am just depressed by doctors giving me no help. I want to know where my pain is coming from so i asked my doctor for a scan over the phone because she wont even see me face to face and she has said no. I dont know what else to do, im in so much pain and day to day life is just a struggle:-(
Any advice will be great,


  • Doctors need to provide a reason for ordering an MRI, they can't just order one because the patient wants one done. If you have slight scoliosis, have you been in physical therapy for it? Has it been confirmed by a treating doctor? Most of us have some form of scoliosis , and in a lot of cases, it doesn't cause any problems. What degree is the scoliosis? Who diagnosed it?
    Have you used a brace or other means to ease some of the pain?
  • That's a lot of pain medication & paracetamol everyday. Your doctor must recognize that you are in a lot of pain to prescribe it. What diagnostic tests were used to diagnose you & your scoliosis? Is it being measured & tracked? What is your pain like..do you have shooting pain down your legs, any numbness..what hurts most standing, sitting, walking? Could you describe it a little for us please?

    Sorry for all the questions. Its hard to offer any suggestions & support without a better idea of what youre dealing with. What Sandi says is very true. "Slight" Scoliosis alone doesn't necessarily equal debilitating pain. Are you in England dealing with the NHS?
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,298
    edited 06/02/2014 - 5:59 PM
    What Sandi said is so very true.
    Doctors are not going to order any diagnostic test unless they have enough justification and rationale to do so.
    In today's environment, the medical insurance companies can dictate many things.

    Doctors need to give those insurance companies the proper justifications for diagnostic tests (of for that fact, prescriptions, etc)

    While you may believe you need these tests, your doctor does not. However, they also need to help identify your problem in order to come up with an action plan.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • like everyone said, mris are very expensive and a doctor needs a good reason to order one. money is the bottom line. since i have a history of fusions and herniated discs, my neuro and my pain ddr will order them maybe every other year to see what is going on and to keep track of the fusions and my discs. like sandi said sciolosis is common and my son who is 18 has slight curvature of the spine but he has not pain from it. his was determined by an x-ray not an mri. mris are for tissue damage and not necessarily for bone problems. bone issues which sciolosis is can be seen on an x-ray where as an mri is not necessarily needed. this might be another reason for not ordering an mri
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • edited 06/03/2014 - 8:42 AM
    She won't even see you face to face? If that's the case you should get a new Dr... A scan does seem justifiable imo but if the Dr. refuses you could still ask alternatives, such as Physical Therapy or seeing an orthopedist or spine specialist or something. Also you don't have to stick to one Dr. when it comes to treatment(major exception is pain medication/prescription narcotics) we are entitled to 2nd, 3rd and even 4th opinions if we are not satisfied with our care.
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  • You should seek a new doctor, if your doctor won't even see you then that's not a very good doctor. Seek help else where. I'm sorry your in so much pain
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