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Just comparing notes to others’ experience with my situation. Would appreciate anyone who could weigh in. I pulled my back lifting a neuro patient 7 months ago. I finally had my MRI two months ago for suspected L5S1 herniation after failed PT and no relief from any med (I used mostly NSAIDS, but I also have oxycodone which I use occasionally for an unrelated condition-when I used it for that condition it had absolutely no effect on my back, butt, or leg pain).
The MRI came back negative other than a small bulge at the L3L4. The workers Comp doctor stated that I was fine, it was just muscle strain and I should do “work-hardening” PT for six weeks, then return to work without restriction. I asked to return to the physiatrist/pain specialist my pcp originally referred me to as I was having worsening symptoms with continued burning in my left lower back radiating to my butt and down my leg with pain in my foot and toes. I’ve also had pins and needles alternating with total numbness in my foot. I had a fall a few weeks ago when my foot rolled sideways. The physiatrist recommended an epidural steroid injection. I had it a week ago today hoping it would be the magic that would fix this. It has gotten progressively worse since the night of the procedure. When I called, they just said it was normal for symptoms to be exacerbated temporarily but, from what I’ve heard, temporary is only supposed to be a couple of days with the injections.
They’ve discussed repeating the MRI (which I’ve seriously questioned the results of based on my symptoms), and possibly doing further testing. This is crazy, not to mention excruciating. As of now, my diagnosis, per the physiatrist, is Intervertebral Disc Disorder.
Has anyone had a false negative on an MRI? I’m told that unless there’s extrusion of a disc, MRIs are only about 62% accurate. Also, I understand that the injections simply don’t work for some people and I knew that was a risk, but has anyone had progressively worse pain that didn’t resolve even back to their baseline after having one?
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