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misdiagnosis of a herniated disc

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  • Posted By: ShannaLynn
  • November 30, 2007
  • 02:18 AM

I'm so perturbed with the medical field. I found out that my c4 c5 disc is herniated and c6 c7 is bulging. That was the nuerosurgeons diagnosis when looking at the same MRI that the moron docs said a year ago was severe disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, and degenerative arthritic something or the other.....WTF!!!! Can anyone tell me how in the world one of these people can misdiagnos a herniated disc? Also I think I may have a valid lawsuit against the hospital for this....Does anyone know if that is so...


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  • I will try to explain some things to you. First of all , you may have a valid claim, but before you go that direction you should know that MRIs are interpreted and subject to some variation in terminology. Just because there may be herniation of a disc does not mean that there is not co-existing stenosis or degenerative changes present. And the term severe degeneration means that the disc has lost height and has lost water content so it is thinner and drier. If it is truly herniated it would show a section that is bulging into the neural foramen or into the spinal cord. If I were you I would get a second opinion from one more neurosurgeon just to be sure. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 12, 2007
    • 05:59 AM
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  • My husband just switched doctors after having his old one tell him his back pain was a result of his weight and to just walk (he couldn't walk due to the excruciating pain). He went to her complaining of back pain for well over a year. We switched to a new dr who suspected nerve damage. She ordered an MRI and had us go to a pain specialist. We had an appointment withing a week. She suspected Degenerate spine disease and told us that if we had gotten treatment earlier his chance of 100% recovery and being pain free would be higher. We go for an MRI on sat to confirm their diagnosis. She gave us a possible diagnosis in that appointment and also ordered an MRI. We will get answers soon and we can't wait. We are thinking about going after his old dr. I called and complained and they are going to do a review of his file but we dont' know if we really expect much. But don't give up. Get a second or third opinion.
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    • November 20, 2008
    • 02:04 AM
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