Need help on mri pictures

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   Posted 6/16/2012 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi ,
2 months ago as i was in the gym lifting weights i felt a sharp pain on lower back as i was pu.After all this time the pain subside but still have a light pain starting in my glute on the left side that migrates down into my hamstring.
I have been to physio and advised me to go for mri to check the lumbar area.I have done that but i will see him in 10 days and i need some toughts/opinions until then because i cant wait.
Here is a video i made with all the pictures / ,can you tell me what kinds of abnormalities can be seen which can cause the pain?

And few pictures here:

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   Posted 6/16/2012 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michael, welcome to HW, I have no idea how to read an MRI and most of us here don't. This is a forum where we all have chronic pain so we come here to talk about things with people who have the same ailment. I hope somebody can help and also hope there is nothing much wrong with you.
Take care

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   Posted 6/16/2012 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I would suggest you wait til you've seen your doctor, then you can get or
at least ask for a copy of your results, we then could better help you.
Sorry your still having pain issues and I hope your able to find out what's
causing it soon, ten days is not much longer, just try to be a little more patient.
Many well wishes and keep us posted on your appointment as we do care
and will be waiting here for you results...
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   Posted 6/16/2012 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I actually found some good instructional videos on youtube for reading MRIs... sorry I no longer have the links, but you can do a search.

Also, I looked at your images and video, and am not sure if there is enough for even a radiologist to discern much (I could be wrong). I assume your full MRI has a lot more in it. To read the MRI, one also has to know the scan type (T1, T2, etc.). I am not sure which was used in your case.

If your MRI came on a disk with tools, you can also learn to use those tools. I, for example, after learning to use one, got the exact same measurement as is indicated on the MRI report (which I received weeks after the actual MRI).
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs), RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident. Also, pectus excavatum, supraventricular tacycardia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.
Current meds:20mg Oxycontin daily, Oxycodone 5-10mg for BT. .25-.5mg xanax as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia).

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Date Joined May 2012
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   Posted 6/16/2012 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the CP forum!

As mentioned above, the forum is a great support system. Unfortunately, the forum is not in existence for medical advice as most of us are not medical professionals. I wish I could answer your question for you, but I cannot. Maybe someone else will be able to. The weekends are a bit slow so you can push your post to the top during next week for more support.

I hope that you can find the answers you're looking for soon. I would even be a pain and call the office everyday to seek cancellations for that day. It doesn't hurt to try. I know how you feel as I have ten days until my appointment at my new neurosurgeon and the wait is killing me.

Have a good weekend,

Kathryn - 22 years old.
Mommy to Baby Scott - May 18th, 2011.

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Surgeries: Eye - 1995, Lumbar Laminectomy L4-5 - Feb. 2008, Cesarean Section - May 2011 and Gallbladder Removal - June 2011.
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