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Yesterday I have 5th MRI in 2years, no inflamation found. I have done all mri without contrast. Done detailed and stir also. No inflammation in si joint and spine but spine became straight line. Doctor says no contrast needed, what to do ?

i m in pain since 2 years. Horrible pain started on monday at 9:50 am, i cried 5 hrs non stop, morning i was very very fresh that day. Please advice. I cant move now. Contrast mri really needed or not?

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    I read somewhere just today, about myths about back pain.  And it was along the lines of...if you think you will get exact answers from MRI's Xrays etc..you won't!

    I have found the best comfort, pain releif, knowledge, kindness, understanding, advice...all things I can take away with me and apply to dealing with this pain is from my Physiotherapist.  And beleive me I have (also) seen zillions of specialists.  Best of luck.

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      Kay, are you on meds?  I, too, faithfully, do exercises given to me by PT, which tremendously help.  Luckily, I was active prior to diagnosis, which helps.  Inactivity brings on the aches and stiffness.  These symptoms wake me up in early morning hours.
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      I am like you with quite fit and lots of stretches before all this.  Its saving me now, though I am having hideous days of pain and even in the knowledge that exercise is THE PAIN RELEIVER, it is hard to do it.  I am exhausted!  So in these cases it is a 'stretching only' day!!!  I had months of pain with no pain releif, eg Ibrufen etc not good...now I have Lyrica 75 per night, helps a bit and I know I can have more.  I too wake early and often throuhg out the night, a viscious cycle as less sleep = more pain!!  I am persueing other possible causes for the pain than As?!  eg OA.  What about you?  Also when I have/make time, ice is good and massage!

       

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      Before diagnosis, for several years I sought PT for low back aches which lingered.  Was given diagnosis of piriformus muscle tightness and prescribed exercises, which helped.  Then, pain traveled down leg.....again, saw physical therapist and now diagnosis was sciatica as well as sacroiliac problem...again more exercises.  Finally, recd. medical diagnosis of ASA as well as PSA. Was taking meds, including prescription NSAIDs.  Felt fantastic....no aches.  Well, recently I decided to stop meds and aches and tightness are rearing their ugly heads.  Am I doing the wrong thing by stopping meds?  You are so correct....icing helps tremendously.  If I could alleviate the ache at night, it would be super...but it is what it is, right?

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    Kharnar,

    Here's some info on MRI that I found helpful. I'm in a clinical trial for a TNF-inhibitor and the doctor (investigator) disagreed with the central reading in the MRI, so it's definately not cut and dry. I had 2 other MRI's which came back negative but showed stenosis, but the doctor in the study said he didn't see any stenosis. It's frustrating. Negative MRI does not rule out Axial Spondylitis.

    Back pain and Normal MRI scan in AS

    [b]http://enthesis.info/spondyloarthritis/back_pain_and_normal_mri[b].html

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    I know how you feel, all the fatigue and pain and not much showing up. Unfortunately, meds. You need to reduce the inflammation, gotta start there. Figure out which type of med will work for you. Your rheumy should be trying something.
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