Recumbent vs Positional MRI

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As addressed in my previous discussion, I have ongoing/progressive pain and neuro symptoms (10 months) suggestive of lumbar disc herniation. In a nutshell, following 4 months of ineffective PT (aimed at ?SI joint dysfunction/? Piriformis Syndrome, an epidural steroid injection which aggravated the situation to a baseline of double the pain and neuro symptoms as compared with prior to it, and an MRI which showed “virtually nothing”,  I am now awaiting an appointment with neurology.

I’ve read up quite a bit on positional MRI and all conclusions seem to be that, despite lower quality resolution as compared with recumbent MRI, the results are quite telling with significant differences in ability to diagnose herniated discs where they were not seen at all on recumbent MRI. Just wondered if anyone has had one and what their outcome was. 



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    Hey Meri,

    Hoping things improve for you soon, really empathising having gone through similar goose chases with MRI's and appointments with specialists just showing a slight disc bulge but still not feeling like I can overcome the barriers or issues, I've been fortunate in many ways still to be able to do things, but still struggling and just hoping and praying God can guide us to the right exercises, treatment and support that can help us overcome our back issues mentally and physically. 

    Take care and keep trusting in God and praying, believing He will help us through.


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      Thanks, Craig. I have actually found a hospital with the technology to do positional MRI but having one of their (236!) neurologists see me as it is a workers Comp case and, despite having back up insurance, isn’t happening as  most don’t want to take anything involving a court case on. Suffice to say, I’m now another month into this with nothing even for accurate diagnosis on the horizon. I agree that we need to give it to God and that’s what I’m doing. Thanks for your support and prayers. Sending them up for you, too. 
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      Thanks for the words of encouragement prayer Meri, absolutely we just need to trust God with things and really hoping for improvement soon for you. Thing I'm having issues with is just my lower back muscles just seem to spasm and tighten all the time, and despite exercises and trying to relax a lot can't seem to shake it fully off. Any tips or help that you've found is good for that always welcome!

      Oh I know last thing you want is stress of having to fight against doctors and things - I've been there in those kind of situations too and it's so hard to cope with that on top of dealing with your pain - just really hoping you can get an appointment with one of the neurologists soon. I've had to pay to go private to see neurologists as getting to see one on the health service in the UK takes so long and even getting a referral is tough. It's not easy I know. 

      Thinking about you and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers - praying for God's help for both of us today and over the coming period and always.


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