Nervously Awaiting MRI Results

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damgalnuna
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   Posted 9/7/2010 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm nervously awaiting the results of the MRI that was done on Sunday. I was told that my (pain management) doctor would receive the report from the radiologist on Wednesday (tomorrow) or Thursday. My doctor suggested calling mid-week to check in and discuss the results. I also want to obtain a full copy of the written report for my own records. Based on the results of this MRI, I may be consulting with a neurosurgeon next. This is all scary, mostly because I don't know what will happen next. I hate not knowing. I've been in so much pain lately, but surgery is also terrifying. I don't know what results to hope for on this MRI, to be honest -- something with a surgical fix or something without a surgical fix? I guess I will just have to wait and see.
Scoliosis fusion w/rods - 1992; herniated disc - 1996; partial removal of rods - 1997; microdiscectomy - 1997; sudden inc. in pain - 2008; tried the following non-pharm treatments: PT, aquatic therapy, TENS, acupuncture, piriformis injections, selective nerve root blocks; other: depression, anxiety, add; current meds: lyrica, baclofen, vicodin, topomax, tramadol, welbutrin, ativan, ritilin

caligirl2001
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   Posted 9/7/2010 11:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope that your MRI provides an answer for you! I can relate to the not knowing which is worse dilemma. I hate not knowing WHY it all hurts so much. I don't want anything to be seriously wrong, but at the same time, I want there to be some explanation for why I am in so much pain. I had an MRI this morning and am also waiting to find out if they are going to tell me yet again that they can't find any reason for my pain, or if something shows up. It feels like as soon as one thing is under control, some new thing crops up to take it's place.
Fibromyalgia, High BP, Migraines, anxiety, Non Celiac Gluten Intolerant
Current medications: Topamax, Maxalt, Lotrel, Wellbutrin

Blessedx8
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   Posted 9/7/2010 11:43 PM (GMT -7)   
The waiting is the worst, for sure. I hope you get some answers tomorrow. Please update us after you hear something, and try not to stress too much (I know, much easier said than done, definitely).

Hang in there... --Tina
Main Health Issues: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibro; Chronic Pain (back issues, migraines, carpal tunnel, among other things); Chronic Hypertension; Hypothyroidism and Hypoadrenalism; Mixed Sleep Apnea (on BiPap); Depression/Anxiety; Vitamin D Deficiency.

MAJOR surprise - Pregnant, w/ twin little girls (after six boys). Due Sept, 2010. Praying they are healthy. YES, you can have chronic pain AND have a successful pregnancy - not easy, but it can be done. :)

MsBunky
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   Posted 9/8/2010 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, that's a tough one, isn't it...to hope for answers that may or may not require a surgical fix. There's just never an "easy" answer when you have chronic pain...every aspect of every action can end up hurting you more. But if there are options other than surgery, it would be great if you'd tried them all and exhausted them, to know for sure you've done everything you can to hold off surgery.

Please let us know when you get the results and hear what your doctor has to say about his interpretation of the MRI. I'm sending good thoughts your way, and I hope you can feel all the support here in the forums for you.

hugs,
Pam
DX: Fibro, Severe Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Surgical Adhesions, IBS, IC-PBS, Carpal Tunnel (both wrists), FAI, Reynauds, Opthalmic Migraines, Drug Related Hot Flashes, Physically Unable to Vomit due to Nissen Surgery, Extremely tiny and scarred veins (hard start for IV's)

Meds: Oxycontin, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Cesamet, Flexeril, Clonidine plus Vitamin D + Multi daily

damgalnuna
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   Posted 9/8/2010 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
So...no response from my doctor today. I sent him a message using the online system, but I didn't receive a call back. For this doctor, the online system is frequently more efficient than calling. But if I don't hear anything by mid-day tomorrow, I will be calling. I really want to know what they found. If the damage to my back is progressing as quickly as the pain is increasing, then I am terrified about the future.
Scoliosis fusion w/rods - 1992; herniated disc - 1996; partial removal of rods - 1997; microdiscectomy - 1997; sudden inc. in pain - 2008; tried the following non-pharm treatments: PT, aquatic therapy, TENS, acupuncture, piriformis injections, selective nerve root blocks; other: depression, anxiety, add; current meds: lyrica, baclofen, vicodin, topomax, tramadol, welbutrin, ativan, ritilin

Blessedx8
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   Posted 9/8/2010 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry you didn't get an answer today; again, the "waiting" part is horrible for these sorts of things. I would encourage you to call tomorrow, too.

Keep us posted.... Hang in there - I know it's tough :(

--Tina
Main Health Issues: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibro; Chronic Pain (back issues, migraines, carpal tunnel, among other things); Chronic Hypertension; Hypothyroidism and Hypoadrenalism; Mixed Sleep Apnea (on BiPap); Depression/Anxiety; Vitamin D Deficiency.

MAJOR surprise - Pregnant, w/ twin little girls (after six boys). Due Sept, 2010. Praying they are healthy. YES, you can have chronic pain AND have a successful pregnancy - not easy, but it can be done. :)
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