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Herniated Disc or tumor

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  • Posted By: long2bnormalagain
  • August 24, 2008
  • 09:04 PM

Okay, I'm paranoid. But can they tell for sure with an MRI (no contrast) that a herniated disc (T8-9) is just that and NOT a tumor? How?

Thanks. I may sleep better tonight knowing that it really is a herniated disc.

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  • You should try to sleep soundly. They know what to look for, but if you can't relax, then you should get a second opinon just to ease yoru mind... Kiera
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 25, 2008
    • 08:05 PM
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  • Hello, I am a physical therapist. An MRI is very clear as to if it is a herniated disc. The location and position will be completely different than a tumor. To learn more about herniated discs, visit: http://www.joint-pain-solutions.com/bulging-disc.html Rest easy. I am completely confident they know the difference.
    JTrempe 101 Replies Flag this Response
  • Dont worry MRI scans clearly shows that it is herniated disc and not a tumor.Most often, your physician can make the diagnosis of a herniated disc by physical examination. By testing sensation, muscle strength, and reflexes, your physician can often establish the diagnosis of a herniated disc. An MRI is commonly used to aid in making the diagnosis of a herniated disc. It is very important that patients understand that the MRI is only useful when used in conjunction with examination findings. . Patients in their 20s may begin to have , and this type of wear would be expected on MRIs of patients in their 40s and 50s. This is the reason that your physician may not be concerned with some MRI findings noted by the radiologist. Making the diagnosis of a herniated disc, and coming up with a treatment plan depends on the symptoms experienced by the patient, the physical examination findings, and the x-ray and MRI results. Only once this information is put together can a reasonable treatment plan be considered. herniated disc treatment
    stelly 1 Replies
    • February 22, 2011
    • 10:38 AM
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