x ray readings that contradict each other??

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So I've had quite a few x rays in my seach for a diagnosis. The first doctor back in 2012 reported quite extensive OA in hands ,hips and right SI joint as well as osteopenia in wrists, soft tissue swelling and two erosions of the styloid process. A wrist MRI a few years later saw a large erosion on my third mcp joint of my right hand. Today it's reported that there is only an early osteophyte on my left thumb with no other significant degenerative changes! Where did the erosions and osteopenia go? And any fool can see the enlarged Herberden's nodes and Bouchards nodes on every single finger! Current x rays also report normal SI joints. The first doctor did take standing x rays and no one else has done so, so maybe he could see things that they could not. In any case, with the current report the doctor doesn't believe my pain.

 

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    My X-ray shows nothing but the MRI tells a completely different story and reveals the full truth so you need to get them to review the MRI

    If the doctor doesn't believe you find another. They only have to examine you and move the joint to see the pain, that is what my surgeon does , he even told me once that the joint was sticking in 2 places, I thought it was 1

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      I have seen so many doctors and not one has even done a halfway serious examination.They barely move the joints around at all and sometimes don't even palpate them. I also have hypermobile joints, so what they consider normal is not normal for me.

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    My GP wont refer me for xray or mri on my thumb joints, they havent even examined them fully.  As soon as I explained the pain and restricted movement issues, they just nodded sagely and said it was 'probably' OA and in the years since nobody has seemed to care one bit whether theyre worse or not.  Take a pill.  Dont we all hear that.

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      Absolutely not, my GP sends me to see a consultant. 

      If you are in the UK ask for a referral to a specialist. If that GP refuses see another GP in the practice. If they still refuse file a complalint with the practice manager as if you are in pain they should be doing something to help you. 

      the view of my hand surgeon is he will fix me if I am a pain. A good example is I had a debridement done in January to tie me over until I need a joint replacement. He did that soley to relieve me of all the pain I was sufferring. 

      Not all doctors are alike, sounds like you have a bad one so move on to another or even change practice. If you have a private hospital in your area they often do free evenings when you can go along and ask about certain conditions check their web site, Nuffield hospitals do it frequently 

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    I suppose there's a chance that there was a mixup in the tests and you've been given someone else's.   Standing or lying wouldn't make any difference to your hands and wrists would it?  And osteopenia, or bone thinning, will not show up in an ordinary x-ray. You would need a bone density scan (DXA) for that.

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