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MRI/ Ct shows nerve impingements but sureon says no

Started by KOsborne on 10/14/2015 12:35pm

I have had back problems for over 20 years. My latest MRI impression internal worsening of multilevel discogenic and facet disease. At L3-4 there is persistent nerve root impingement. At L4-5 there is new left L4 nerve root impingement. At L5-S1 there is new bilateral L5 nerve root impingent. Findings showed spurs, moderate diffuse disc bulges through L3 to L5. Constant pain. Surgeon's secretary call to tell me that I have no compression and that I should call my dr and get PT and loose weight. I have been loosing weight I have already lost 20 pounds. which is hard when you can't exercise because back becomes so stiff and painful that you can't. I don't think this Dr looked at my MRI. I have had a CT scan done within the last 10 months and showed the same results. Any suggestions? Please help. Feeling very discouraged. Thank you Kathy

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Hi Kathy, I am new here, but just wanted you to know I feel your frustration. I am in the same position. Doctor has told me that surgery would more than likely fail. I also need to lose weight, but when you are in constant pain it really is discouraging. I am so aggravated at the moment over a doctor. I went to him for a second opinion on my back, I know certain areas of the spine take precedence over others. But this Dr.had told me on my first visit I need surgery on my neck before he would consider my back. So 4 visits, 2 sets of x-rays, going on 3 sets ofMRI's and a myelogram later, he says he would not do surgery on my back period. My back is why I was referred to him as a 2nd opinion to begin with. I am trying to hang in there but it is really is hard. Have you had a second opinion. Unfortunately in today's time we have to be more aggressive with Drs. when it comes to our health care. Good luck to you and hope you find the help that you need.
~~~Anita

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This particular surgeon changed him mind after I complained. He didn't have my facts straight. I am having a EMG tomarrow and see this surgeon next Tuesday. I did get a 2nd opinion with laser spine instate. they are wanting to do laser surgery to me. but they are an out of network for my insurance company. they have been working with them to get me a price. This past weekend was really bad. Spent most of it in bed. I could walk fine but getting up, down or any typed of bending or stretching was extremely painful. My advise to you is not to give up!

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So glad that he finally listened. It is frustrating when doctors don't want to listen to what you are telling them. Best of luck to you. Let us know what you find out. It will be interesting to see what the surgeon will say..

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Anita, I will and don't give up!

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The tunnel may be long but there is always a little light at the end. It is my only hope since I had a L4-L5 Lamenectomy both R & L side for bone impingement. One month after surgery in Sep. 2015 extreme pain started in RT back down thru hip and RT leg to toe. Had numbness, tingling, shooting pains and 24/7 aching. Have now progressed to leg spasms and cramps so bad that my RT leg looks like a rope tied in knots. Taking 10-325 Perks 4 times daily with no relief. Spine surgeon says it is due to massive scar tissue that is about 3″ long on spine from L4-S1. I had the caudal lysis of adhesions with saline, hyalurondase, laticane, and steriods injection. No help for a whole month after. then got direct injections into the scar tissue at L4, L5, and S1. Still no help. Now scheduling lots of appointments with surgeons. First one wants me to go on medical marijuana and says that there is no surgery or any other thing that will ever help me. I kept a positive attitude that when they say no help or hoe means that they are scarred to touch me now. Saw my last surgeon yesterday and he said that he can go in with an endoscope and remove as much tissue as possible and that if performed 2 times 2 months apart with special PT inbetween it will eliminate at least 70% of pain. This is the last stand I have cause my body rejected the stimulator implant that I tried for 7 days. Please everyone be persistant and think positive no matter how bad it hurts you physically or mentally. I am a US Marine Corps Veteran and I will fight to the end. Semper Fi

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KOsborne,

Did you have the EMG and what kind of test was that? One of the neurologists I went to for a 2nd opinion, stated that that particular test might shed light on what was causing my issues, but that nobody in this area performed that test.

Can you tell me what happened with that test and if it was informative?

Looking forward to your reply. Thanks.

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