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Confused by Test Results:

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:)



  • LizLiz Posts: 9,768
    There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
    This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test


    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,587
    Personally, I would trust a spine specialist over any chiropractor.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,472
    I totally agree with Ron!! Do you like, trust or have faith in your neurosurgeon? If not, I would take the MRI disc and find a new surgeon and get another opinion. 
    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator
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  • Thanks for your input. I havent been able to speak with a neurosurgeon as they have been resourced via the clinic / chiro. However I did get the info of one of them and will be calling him tomorrow. I agree this is the next step. 
  • I also agree that the neurosurgeon's interpretation trumps the chiropractor's. Perhaps you can take this MRI to another spine specialist for a second opinion..doctors can interpret the same imaging in different ways. Does the NS think it's a sequestered disc?
    Ol' Spiney..Micro-D L4-L5, TLIF L4-S1 -post op central HNP L4-S1,stenosis, retrolisthesis, EF, facet arthropathy, lumbar& cervical DDD. FBSS- Medtronic pain pump & SCS
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