I am new to this Forum but have spent some time going over various threads to see what I can learn. My back gave out 2 days before Christmas. An MRI was ordered which showed 2 disc protrusions, herniation, stenosis, arthritis, and degenerative disc disease. It left me in horrendous pain - horribly hunched and can only walk with a cane or in a wheelchair. I was working with a Spine Clinic at the time - and when the Clinic Dr looked at the MRI, he also saw a Sequestered Disc (ruptured disc), which explained the severe sciatic symptoms on my left leg. He showed the MRI images to the practices Surgeon who agreed with him - Sequestered Disc.
My chiropractor consulted with the original Radiologist as well as a Neurosurgeon who say that the part of the MRI that is showing the Ruptured Disc is actually a PARTIAL VOLUMING AVERAGING OF A TRAVERSING NERVE ROOT. In other words, NO Sequestered (ruptured) Disc. I feel it important to know what the true results of this test is but am very confused as to what to do. We paid for the MRI in cash and I don't want to have to pay for another one.
I realize we cannot diagnose on this Forum. I simply ask for ideas on how to come to a conclusion on my MRI findings. Most who I have consulted with - agree that it is critical to know if I have a Sequestered Disc.
Any feedback wrote be greatly appreciated:)