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   Posted 7/2/2010 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I requested my medical records from my MRI results and i have a few questions.So if any of you guys understand some of the medical terms here i'd appreciate your help. Okay the report says there is a small intraosseous hemangioma in the sacrum.( is that a tumor and maybe something that needs to be checked out ).The report goes on to say there are degenerative changes at l5-s1 this i already knew.There's a small buldge which contacts and displaces the decending right s1 nerve root and midly contacts the left decending s1 nreve root. It also says i have mild facet joint hypertrophy at l4-l5 so for all these mild conditions man am i in a world of pain sure doesn't feel mild so anything you guys can tell me would be greatly appreciated.

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   Posted 7/2/2010 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
   Dear Kay,
     It is so good to hear from you. How are you feeling latly? I havnt heard from you in a long time and I hope you are recovering from the bad fall you had.
     You know, the first time I read my radiology reports I scared myself something awfull! Now I just ask for a verbal "summery" of the most pressing problems. You know, like my cobb angles, how much larger the primary has gotten, sclerosis spread, any new stenosis... that kind of thing. It is a good thing too. Back in april I got my hands on my latest radiology reports and I was angry, full of tears for a week! You would think I would have learned my lesson by now, but curiosity gets the best of me. smhair
     So hopefully these links will help. If not, maybe you could go to your regular physician so he/she can explain the report findings and what they mean in your particular situation.
     ...So, I know the report says "mild" in some areas, but that is absolutly NOT a refrence to your pain levels at all. Its just a term used by the radiologist. Facets hurt, ALOT when they become degenerative /  arthritic / hypertrophy.  Also your disk bulging could very well be in a major "nerve point" and could possibly be irritating the nerves. Also degenerative changes at the SI - and lumbar levels can wreek havoc on your sciatic nerve as well as cause ALOT of inflammation.
      I hope the links help explain things a little. When are you going to get some treatment options for these problems? Are you doing to recieve injections into your facets? Or try some anti inflammatories?
      Most of all I am sorry you have so much on your plate right now. I hope you are able to get atleast a little rest. I can imagine you are probably tired of the constant aches, stiffness, and nerve pain. You are in our prayers. Stay strong!
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   Posted 7/2/2010 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kay , Its good to hear from you , I'm sorry I don't know anything about the technical terms but I wanted to give you support and my caring well wishes my friend . I really hope everything goes your way and that you receive the help you require so your pain goes away . Best of luck to you my friend ! Mikel

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   Posted 7/2/2010 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Did the mri report mention a summary at the bottom, the summary of it is what the doctors usually go by,
if not then maybe go to your pcp and have him/her give you what the findings are, plus it's always
good to keep your pcp up on things...I do know that a mild disc bulge can cause pain. So to play
it safe have your doctor give you the heads up on what all this means and keep a copy of the report
for your records...
Sure hope you get a low pain day soon
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   Posted 7/3/2010 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   
auntkaywhere is your pain? according to what you wrote you have nerve root impingement at S1 this could possibly cause pain down the back outside your leg and down to the heel and some portions of your foot. These links show the dermatomes for the nerves coming from S-1 so you can see the primary area that is affected, but there is often allot of over lap. Try googling some of the stuff, to find out about it. When ever you have pressure on a nerve root you can often expect to have pain, but it is usually not right at the spot of where the nerve root is. As an example I was having severe pain in my lower arms and hands, but only certain fingers, and it was caused by nerve root impingement at C-5 they fixed the problem by doing a ACDF and my arm pain was gone. I will be anxious to hear what your Doctor has to say about your MRI. Good Luck to YOU Beard

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   Posted 7/3/2010 1:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kay!

I'm glad you got your MRI so you can find out more about your pain not only from the fall but maybe more from before. Maybe they will be able or willing to do more about it now.

Warmest hugs!
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   Posted 7/3/2010 5:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for the information, i had this MRI done at a very good teaching hospital in Atlanta in hopes of being able to get good care. The dr. told me about the mri results and had nothing new to offer, i was very disapointed i've been in severe pain most days for two years now and all he had to offer was steroid epidural injections i told him i tried them and at best all i got was a week to 10 days maybe 50% relief from my pain.So after all my hope for some type of treatmeant seems like i haven't moved forward at all if any thing i have more problems and nothing to help my pain . I really don't know how i'm going to keep getting thru every day like this and my job is just aggervating my situation. This last attempt to find help has really been quite a slap in the face and i fear the worse. Hope you all have a Happy 4th and a lpd.


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   Posted 7/3/2010 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Kay,

I see you are near the Atlanta area and mentioned a teaching hospital. I found that the one in Augusta is pretty good too. I can't help with the info on the MRI because you have done all you can with the exception of taking the information on to yet another Dr. This might not be a bad idea.....

I understand the pain and hope that you will find relief soon. It kind of sounds like you have been given the run-a-round a few times and I keep thinking there is somebody out there who can help!

All my best!
Retired Mom

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