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Pelvis MRI clarification.

Kol12KKol12 Posts: 2
edited 10/24/2015 - 10:39 PM in Chronic Pain
I had a serious accident 3 years ago which required an emergency laparotomy to remove a metal fence spike from my groin. Luckily all my vitals were missed except for my Femoral nerve which was "nicked". Since then I have had chronic neuropathic pain in my right leg/hip.

More recently I have had a flare up of pain which has spread somewhat and I have been sent to pain specialist. Believe it or not since the accident no one ever suggested having a MRI! The pain specialist and myself agreed that I should have one so I have just had my MRI of the pelvis.

The report has come back showing nothing of concern except for a possible tear of my hip capsule/labrum. All of this time and this could of been discovered a lot earlier! Apparently I will need another type of scan to confirm this and am going to see a orthopedic.

What I was surprised by was that the damage to my Femoral nerve was not picked up on in the MRI. I was told the nerve could take many years to heal. I asked my GP about it and she said the Femoral nerve has probably recovered although minute changes won't be picked up. That doesn't sound very convincing considering I've been prescribed Pregablin for neuropathic pain I think a more definite answer/diagnosis is required.

So should the MRI of my pelvis had picked up on the Femoral nerve damage if it was still there or is it possible it has recovered? Or is a different type of scan required to look at nerves closer? like a neurography perhaps? The comments from my MRI report were:

"No gross abnormality is seen in the region of
lumbosacral plexus, sciatic nerve or along the femoral neurovascular bundle." Would this include/mean the Femoral nerve?

Thanks for your time.

There is nobody on the forum medically qualified or permitted to interpret or advice on an MRI,

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  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    I had knee surgery and a nerve had to be severed because of where it was and what the surgery involved. The whole knee surgery was horrendous but that pain was entirely different than the pain from that purposely severed nerve! The knee surgery was 11 years ago and the nerve pain exists as phantom now- kind of. At first the nerve grew a neuroma because of how it was trying to reconnect itself. I was not able (physically able but terrified to) to touch my knee to the floor. I could not comfortably wear pants because of the pain with just having the material brush by my knee.

    One doctor suggested that I keep massaging the area adding lotion. That did help. I'm no longer in actual pain from the nerve but when I think to "kneel down" my brain awakens and reminds me of the excruciating pain of having my knee with the severed nerve touch the ground. I feared passing out! I definitely can kneel and kneel on that knee but it's the memory of the pain. Our nervous systems are absolutely amazing! Nerve pain is different that any other kind of pain (although there are those on the site who will argue that!) They only way past it is through it. I'm so sorry! It takes a very long time but it does go away!


    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
    I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)
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  • Thanks for your reply. Because I don't fully understand some of the medical terminology I'm unsure whether my mri scan means my femoral nerve has repaired. When I see my pain specialist again I'll ask him.
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