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Misdiagnosed MRI Images

dhcrackerddhcracker Posts: 3
edited 09/18/2015 - 9:10 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I had an accident at work, I fell and landed on my head and at impact my right arm went paralyzed momentarily. Ever since then my balance has been off, my right arm though mostly recovered is still weak, and I have very intense neck pain after sitting up maybe 3 hours. The radiologist says he sees no spinal stenosis, and no nerve root impingment however every other doctor besides the company doctor strongly disagrees.

I am going to share a few of my images it looks to me very very bad, though its obvious I already had problems before I fell I wasn't in pain and my arms worked fine. The images are terrible, but I don't see how this radiologist could miss everything.


MRI images I was hoping someone here could tell me why there are so many different diagnosis from these images.

No one on the forum side of this site is medically qualified to provide answers to your question. Only trained medical professionals can actually read MRI reports and Images.
You indicated that it was the radiologist that gave you that information, what have the doctors stated?

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  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 2,561
    dhcracker, I had an accident where both arms were paralyzed shortly followed by intense neck pain. When my arms recovered my right arm wasnt right, my balance was off. I had what would later be discovered to be a spinal cord injury and it began a long line of things that went wrong with my body. I would be sure to see someone specializing in neurology / spinal cord. My doctor says you can be permanently paralyzed and your MRI shows nothing in some cases. I am a mess now and it took about 3 years to get diagnosis at teaching hospital. What i had was central cord injury
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • Seen a neurosurgeon ??
    Someone who specialises in spinal injury is the best person to talk to....
    Keep us posted
    Kirsti x
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  • Yes but only the company sponsored guy, who straight up told me I am gonna need surgery its just a matter of when. Getting him to put that in writing is another matter, he suspects despite the radiologist report that the bulging disks and bone spurs I have from c3-c6 are all causing problems. He denies spinal stenosis, I don't see how he can looking at those images. And you know when I am standing up and my neck is under compression its gonna look alot worse than laying down relaxed for an MRI.

    The Pain specialist was the most alarmed, he said its spinal stenosis, spondylosis, nerve root compression, degenerative disk disease, bulging disks, and lots of bone spurs. This clinic my employer is a huge client of, so I feel like my condition is being minimized on paper and legaly while the doctors are telling me to lawyer up and seek second opinions privately.
  • When did your accident at work happen compared to your MRI? Your pain specialist said there's bone spurs on the MRI, and those don't happen overnight. I don't understand the whole workman's comp vs other, but if the accident caused an exacerbation of an already present problem, could you use personal insurance instead - do you have decent personal insurance?

    ACDF w/Corpectomy C3-6 12/8/14 ; Laminectomy C3-6  5/19/2016

  • BlessedMom74BBlessedMom74 Posts: 322
    edited 09/19/2015 - 9:19 PM
    I would listen to the doctors that can actually see that your MRI looks bad. Or take your images to a neurosurgeon. [edit] I would not accept or listen to anyone who interpreted those as "normal", especially with your symptoms.
    And spinal stenosis is a totally different matter from a pinched nerve. You can have a compressed nerve without having spinal stenosis.
    This is your health and the rest of your life. If you need to get an outside second or third opinion, I would do so. Your company's job is to look out for themselves and save themselves money. So they will minimize the severity of your condition/injury in order to save money.
    Advocate for yourself and don't let them prevent you from getting the care you need. Good luck to you.
    P.S. Very cool how you could attach the link to all your MRI images.
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  • It does not matter, if you have pre- existing injury or damage, they have to treat what happened at the time of the accident!!!! I have had bad neck damage for years, and then 2 years ago I was rear- Ended and I suffered whiplash, the car was barely touched, but I was sitting forward at the intersection because I have one of those New Fifth Gen. Camaro's, the windshields on them are narrow !! so me being 5'8, I have to sit forward when at red lights to see them, so when the guy hit me it forced my neck forward, then backward..well because I already have a artificial disc in my neck, it cause additional change and damage! they compared the New scans to the last scans and that proved change... and they had to pay up and treat based on that!!! as long as there was a accident stick to your guns and make them treat! if you are in the States get a lawyer, you will need one anyway, and then you can be seen by any doctor you want!!! you do not have to be seen by theirs!! I knows this as my first damages started on the Job back in 1989...
    Linda Watts
  • I'm still fighting with this, but yes actually in MRI's years back those looked pretty awful too.  The more time goes by like lying down at night I jerk like crazy sometimes, randomly like I get shocked or something... very disturbing.  One night I got up to walk it off and it was like somebody just turned me off and I went down then back on as I hit the ground... strange man I don't know whats going on.  I am worried but its so much trouble I don't know if I want to really fight to get somebody to try to check it out again or what.  You guys ever have this happen?  Like a jolt u can't control and for a millisecond its like I'm out.. its so fast I can't tell if I'm losing conscousness or just my motor abilities.. it does seem likes even my heart skips a beat though.

  • HI dcracker,

    We all know what you mean when you say "it's too much trouble". You don't feel up to searching for someone new, you don't want to fight just get better, you just want them to do the right thing.  They won't, or they seldom do, as has already been stated.  But all the advice you have received is correct, it's up to you.  From reading the posts, I know you can hire an independent radiologist to read your films.  Your attorney can handle this for you probably.  He can also send you to a new doctor.

    But it all boils down to you, you must advocate for yourself.  Hang in there.  Keep us posted.  I wish you all the best.

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