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Mri results for spine. Please help I can't take the pain anymore

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  • Posted By: hope_20022000
  • November 15, 2012
  • 05:42 AM

I am experiencing very bad back pain so I had an MRI and see a spine specialist soon. I have had back pain since I was about 14 years old so for about 15 years now. It seems to be worse now. Things that have been tried are physical therapy, a steroid injection (this made the pain worse), tens unit, anti inflammatories, and a back brace. My pcp gave me vicodin 5-500 and said take 1 twice a day until I see the specialist. These don't seem to take the edge off at all. I have also been on ultram which doesn't do anything at all for it. I have a dip in about the middle of my back and this is where the pain seems to start but moves down to the top of my ****. The pain in the dip feels like someone stabbing a knife through my back and into my stomach then twisting it. I also have some numbness that comes and goes in the bottom of each foot. I am going to post my MRI results in hopes that someone can give me some idea of what it means and what might happen next in the treatment of this. Any information would be much appreciated as I'm in the dark on all of this and kind of freaked out since I'm only 29 and having all these issues. Thank you in advance.


MRI FINDINGS:
Alignment is anatomic. The paraspinous soft tissues are normal. Incidentally noted is chronic, mild ectasia of the distal thecal sac. The distal spinal cord and nerve roots of the cauda equina are normal in appearance. No bone marrow pathology is seen.


No significant abnormality is demonstrated at the T10-T11 through L3-L4 levels. There is no lumbar disc protrusion, spinal stenosis, or foraminal narrowing.


L4-L5: There is a posterior annular tear and a small, broad-based, left foraminal disc protrusion. There is mild left lateral recess narrowing. There is no nerve root displacement. There is no significant facet arthropathy. There is no spinal stenosis or foraminal narrowing.


L5-S1: There is disc degeneration and mild disc bulging. There is mild bilateral facet arthropathy. There is no spinal stenosis or significant foraminal narrowing.


The visualized upper sacrum is unremarkable.


Again thank you in advance to anyone who has any input for me.:(

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  • Not sure what to tell you about the MRI results, but I can tell you te Vicodin dose they gave you is what they should order for an 80lb child!! An average sized adult would need to take 2 of those tablets in order to get true pain relief. It's sooooo angers me when I see doctors under-medicate for pain. I believe this is a major cause for suicide and doctors shoud be held responsible if they under-medicate for pain! Adequate pain relief is a patient right!!! Ask you doctor for a copy of your patient rights and show him where it says that!!Drug addiction can be cured. Suicide can't!!Stay strong and be firm with your doctor. I pray that you find relief and a cure soon!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 27, 2012
    • 07:18 AM
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  • Not sure what to tell you about the MRI results, but I can tell you te Vicodin dose they gave you is what they should order for an 80lb child!! An average sized adult would need to take 2 of those tablets in order to get true pain relief. It's sooooo angers me when I see doctors under-medicate for pain. I believe this is a major cause for suicide and doctors shoud be held responsible if they under-medicate for pain! Adequate pain relief is a patient right!!! Ask you doctor for a copy of your patient rights and show him where it says that!!Drug addiction can be cured. Suicide can't!!Stay strong and be firm with your doctor. I pray that you find relief and a cure soon!IThank you so much for replying. I agree with you 100% on this subject. I ended up getting steroid injections in my back again which didn't help again. The spine doctor had me on Voltaren which made me feel horrible, So he switched me from that to Flexeril which is just as bad for me. I changed my primary care doctor in the hopes of him being a little more caring. So far out he has tried to put me on Zipsor which has the diclofenac in it just like Voltaren. Then he had me on tylenol and the tramadol i am on. Now he wants me on Arthrotec which has the diclofenac in it too. I hate the diclofenac because it makes me sick and gives me cramps so bad that I cant sleep or anything. I also freak out because I have a heart condition and high blood pressure and have been told this medicine can aggrevate those 2 things badly.I hate told multiple people in his office the meds make me sick but yet again put me on something else with it in it. It doesn't help any type of pain I have either. I am still in pain and really not sure where to go from here. I have friends that go to the same doctor and claim they have back issues and have been handed like 200 hydrocodone 10s. What kind of world is this we live in when I can't get pain relief when i have MRIs to prove it but Joe Schmo off the street can walk in and specifically ask for stuff and get what he wants.
    hope_20022000 1 Replies
    • January 3, 2013
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  • I have had 2 operations on my lower back and need another.The numbness is caused by the bulging disc.A the pain comes with that also.They my send you to a surgen for a operation that will last about 6 to 8 hours if they just shave the disc, but if they bolt you together it will be about 11 hours. the recovery is fairly painful and will take about 2 months. Good Luck..Things will get better.I am experiencing very bad back pain so I had an MRI and see a spine specialist soon. I have had back pain since I was about 14 years old so for about 15 years now. It seems to be worse now. Things that have been tried are physical therapy, a steroid injection (this made the pain worse), tens unit, anti inflammatories, and a back brace. My pcp gave me vicodin 5-500 and said take 1 twice a day until I see the specialist. These don't seem to take the edge off at all. I have also been on ultram which doesn't do anything at all for it. I have a dip in about the middle of my back and this is where the pain seems to start but moves down to the top of my ****. The pain in the dip feels like someone stabbing a knife through my back and into my stomach then twisting it. I also have some numbness that comes and goes in the bottom of each foot. I am going to post my MRI results in hopes that someone can give me some idea of what it means and what might happen next in the treatment of this. Any information would be much appreciated as I'm in the dark on all of this and kind of freaked out since I'm only 29 and having all these issues. Thank you in advance. MRI FINDINGS:Alignment is anatomic. The paraspinous soft tissues are normal. Incidentally noted is chronic, mild ectasia of the distal thecal sac. The distal spinal cord and nerve roots of the cauda equina are normal in appearance. No bone marrow pathology is seen.No significant abnormality is demonstrated at the T10-T11 through L3-L4 levels. There is no lumbar disc protrusion, spinal stenosis, or foraminal narrowing.L4-L5: There is a posterior annular tear and a small, broad-based, left foraminal disc protrusion. There is mild left lateral recess narrowing. There is no nerve root displacement. There is no significant facet arthropathy. There is no spinal stenosis or foraminal narrowing.L5-S1: There is disc degeneration and mild disc bulging. There is mild bilateral facet arthropathy. There is no spinal stenosis or significant foraminal narrowing. The visualized upper sacrum is unremarkable.Again thank you in advance to anyone who has any input for me.:(
    cheeze123 1 Replies
    • January 22, 2013
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