My question is should I wait until I'm in a lot of pain to get an MRI or will the MRI results be effective even if I get the MRI during a time when I'm not in pain? (Please read on for more detail)...
So I have a bad lower back and have seen chiropractors before and they've recommended MRI's. My back is usually fine and I have almost no pain day-to-day. My back goes out usually once or twice a year. The last two times it went out I was playing basketball so there was a lot of jumping and the time before that it went out just bending over the sink. When it goes out I can barely walk for about 3 days, the pain is in the lower back but I feel extremely sharp pain when I try to step or walk on my left side. The pain does not go down into my leg at all but just sends sharp pain in my lower back mostly. My guess is that it is a slipped or bulging disc due to me not taking care of my body when I was younger, lots of ski jumps onto flat surfaces. I'm only 34 and would like to get some sort of answers and am hoping the MRI will help. I just don't want to spend $500 on an MRI if the results wont be helpful if I get the MRI during a period where my back feels fine. I don't engage in many physical things anymore in fear of throwing my back out and I'd like to change that and finding out exactly what is wrong is my first step.
If anyone has been through this or knows when or when not to get an MRI that would help a lot. Again, the question isn't whether or not to get an MRI but when should I get it... While it feels fine or while it is injured?