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Low Back Pain, Dr. Doesnt Do Mri


Darlene
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i have been having low back pain for about 10 years. i can feel it everyday, but usually tolerable. every 2 or 3 months the pain gets so severe i can't walk, and no meds they give me touch the pain. i have been through physical therapy twice and chiropractor with no success. i went to the dr. yesterday, and asked if they could do an mri. she said it wouldnt show anything and that it didnt sound like a herniated disc. she said if i had a herniated disc i would have pain shooting down my leg. well, i can't stand the pain in my lower back, i am already naseous as it is and the pain makes it worse. if she doesnt think its a herniated disc, then what the **** is it? not sure why i even go to the dr.s when they dont help me.

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I wrote something similar about an experience with my daughter except we had the CT and it showed a lower disc perforation. My daughter was in excruciating pain upon weight bearing and had been hospitalized. Our problem was the sports medicine specialists said she should not be in pain. It wasn't until a physical therapist with a PHD in physical therapy reviewed the CT and confirmed the type of pain she was having. She was given a TENS unit and eventually had PT for the injury. I was told later the attending doctors believed my daughter was faking her pain because she did not scream and cry out loud.

I highly recommend seeking another doctor or a physical therapist with a PHD. If a doctor will not address your concerns, it is time to see another doctor.

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I have a herniated disc at L3-L4 and I have variations of pain and most of it does not include shooting pain down my leg. I do occassionally get pain in the upper portion of my thigh and outer hip from it when the herniation rubs my sciatic nerve, but, often I just have pain across my lower back where your waist band would sit if you were wearing a mid-rise pant. And, there are a number of other things besides a herniated disc that it could be...osteoporosis of a vertebrae, compression fracture of a vertebrae, a soft tissue injury, a subluxated or dislocate tailbone (have had that too, ouch!). But, all of these things will take some diagnostics to find the cause. Have you considered going to an orthopedist that specializes in back pain/injury?

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would a cat scan show if i had a herniated disk? i would prefer a cat scan to mri because i m clastophic. going to make an appointment with my neurologist... she seems to be the only one to take me serious. my low back pain started at 26, i am now 37. i wouldnt think you woud have pain that long and have nothing wrong.

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Are you by chance Hypermobile in your spine, or hips?!, I ask because I have had bad lower back pain for many many years, I have very noticeable lumber lordosis, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002240/ though because I can lift my leg without too much pain the straight leg test: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lasegues-sign/130926020283716?sk=info

my GP said I could not have disk problems, well he never took my joint hypermobility into the equation, so I still think I have disc problems!! I think a standing MRI would be a good way to look for such problems, not sure if CT scan would pick it up, but a good old fashioned X-ray can pick up disc issues, when you have a good radiographer on board!

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