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MRI results- please help me decipher

Started by Pela on 09/15/2011 5:24pm

Hi all

I have suffered with back pain my entire life. In my teens I was diagnosed with Scheurmans disease and wore a brace (torture) for two years. It did little to improve my back and pain. For years I silently suffered. Im sure people got sick and tired of me complaining about my constant back pain, so I dealt with it the best I could. This past March I slipped down three stairs and the pain was to much to bear so I went to my family physician who gave me some pain pills. I returned to him in June because the pain would not go away. more pain pills. Two weeks later I went back to him and he ordered an Xray. During the Xray I overheard the tech say to another person " How is she walking?" My Doc then prescribed a pain patch (Butrans 10mg) and percocet and sent me for a MRI. I could not complete the MRI in one visit because the pain was terrible, so the results are just from the first part of the MRI (the lumbar back results came back identical the thoracic)

My problem now is finding a surgeon to give me a consult. I have been refused by 4 already and I am waiting for a Doctor in Toronto to decide.

-Kyphotic deformity at T11-12, anterior wedging of the vertebral.Disk narrowing throughout with degenerative endplate signal abnormalty in the lower thoracic levels. Small Schmorls herniations in multiple levels.
-C6-7 broad disk bulge not touching cord. Ligamentum flavum hypertrophy touching posterior cord.
-T2-3 broad disk bulge touching ventral cord
-T5-6 small central disk protrusion touching ventral cord
-T6-7 small right paracentral disk protrusion mildly indenting ventral
-T7-8 central disk protrusion touching ventral cord. Ligamentum flavum hypertrophy posteriorly
-T8-9 central disk protrusion indenting ventral cord. Ligamentum flavum hypertrophy posteriorly
-T9-10 broad disk bulge touching ventral cord. Ligamentum flavum hypertrophy and facet arthritis. Mild central stenosis
-T10-11 broad disk bulge and bilateral facet osteoarthritis with Ligamentum flavum hypertrophy. Moderate central stenosis. Mild left neural foraminal stenosis
-T11-12 Broad based disk bulge indenting ventral cord with Ligamentum flavum hypertrophy and facet osteoarthritis. Moderate central stenosis
- T12-L1 broad disk bulge touching ventral cord. Mild central stenosis.
Also disk bulges at L4-5 L5-S1

I do not have the Lumbar report but Doc told me that it looks the same as above.

Please if anyone has any experience or advice they could offer me, it would be greatly appreciated.

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WELCOME Pela,
My name is Rene, I read ur report, U have alot going on ,ITS from your T discs to LUMBAR or up high to CERVICAL? I can try and decipher, I am a orthopedic nurse and fellow spine sufferer. Lucky for u theres lots of nice people in medical proffesion on this site w issues.MY best advice to you is to deffinatly see a neuro-surgeon, And as far as ur unbearable pain, (im sorry) I hope the meds are working for you, Ask for an anti-inflammatory, that helps along withe pain meds.And psychotherapy,,,,, everyone, (or mostly everyone and me) have found some relef seing a psychotherapist . Your most important next step is to see a NEURO-SURGEON,Good luck, be well,, RENE :)

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Thanks for the response..A huge problem that I am facing is finding a surgeon! They dont want me..LOL..I live in Canada where health care is covered, but impossible to find a provider. In my region there are many people needing specialists and the Doctors are overwhelmed and pick and choose their cases..For now it is a wating game for me. My family Doc said that he doubts that surgery is an option anyways..Thanks for your insight..I willkeep pushing on.

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Hi, I agree with Rene, see a Nuerosurgeon instead of a orthopedic Dr. You have too much going on and the Nuerosurgeon's are better trained with the Nerves, and in my experience with the fusions in my neck 4, and Lumbar 2. I am hoping to have a Nuerosurgeon on my next surgery which is my neck again. all my hardware seems to be coming undone and one fusion is barely left and its just a space. I had a Nuerosergeon put in my pain pump and it took 30 minutes with barely any scarring and I have had no trouble with it since. If all else fails maybe a laser surgery would help and a pain pump would definately at least get you out of pain to where the pain isn't so bad. I have 4 meds including Morphine, Baclofen, and cant remember the name of the other 2 but I still have to take Hydrocodone 10/325 3 times daily, Gabapentin 3 times, Myloxecam and 1 other, I don't even look anymore at the names just when. I do hope tommorrow brings you a call and they get to work on getting your back fixed and the pain hopefully down to nothing. Don't forget the pump though. It's what got me back to being mobile again and not even close to as much pain as I used to be in. Good luck and my prayers are with you.

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Hi

I have been waiting for a neurosurgeon to accept me as a patient. I will not give up looking for one but it may take time. A pain pump sounds great at the moment as I am living with terrible pain and losing my activity level. Thanks for the responses

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Pela; quite an impressive list you give there! None of it, I have to say, means a thing to me!

I had an MRI three years ago, but have never seen the images. It isn't common practise in the UK for patients to see their images.

All I know is that I have spondylolisthesis. I was told by the consultant spinal surgeon, to who my GP refered me after years of pain and decreasing mobility, that I, 'must,' have fusion surgery. Having known three people who'd undergone that surgery and suffered WORSE pain as a result,I declined it. MY GP supported that decision.

It's not given to me to know which vertebra is causing the constant pain with which I live. I can, however, tell you all the drugs I take that are SUPPOSED to keep the pain at bay......

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Hi

I didnt actually see the MRI, but the Doc gave me a copy of the findings..The second part of the MRI (Lumbar) is just as depressing. Surgery is most likely not an option for me. I desperately need a Neurosurgeon to accept me as a patient and at least give me some sort of hope that I may improve. I feel stuck.

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Hi Pela
Seriously consider a pain pump for help with your pain so you can stay mobile and do a lot of walking if you can so you don't kinda freeze up with your spine. Don't get the spine stimulator. Everyone I have talked to said it makes them " Itch like crazy". The pain pump works a whole lot better. It numbs all the pain Recepters I think They are called or something like that so the pain doesn't get to your brain. You don't feel it as far as feeling high because it's not being processed through your stomach and going to your whole body. I stll have to take Hydrocodone 10/325 3 times a day with Gabapentin and Meloxicam 3 times daily. I stiill feel some of the pain but it's a whole lot easier to handle. plus you can get out and do more, If they can at least do that you would feel a whole better. I hope you find a Nuerosurgeon soon. Best of luck.
Joey

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Joey Bobbie

That pain pump sounds great. I will mention it to Doc when I actually get one.. I dont mind the patch because it doesnt make me high or dizzy/shakey/tired.. I still need to function....Thanks again, and I will let you know if I ever get an appointment..

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