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Lower Back pains

By Anonymous May 16, 2012 - 7:21am
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I have been experiencing lower back pains frequently for over a year now especially at my right side, somedays the pain radiates towards my legs and i struggle with mobility for some few minutes (feels heavy), it is more severe in the mornings and few days to, during and few days after my menstrual period. I do not have irregular menstruation. I did a lumbar/sacral xray that says/shows the l4/l5 disc in my spinal cord is displaced, but a 2nd opinion says this isn't the case. I am expected to do a MRI test, i haven't done this yet cause it is quite expensive where i am. I am unsettled as the doctor wont tell me what it is until i have done the scans, i just want to know what i am up against...May i add that about 5years ago i was diagnosed with lumbar scoliosis after severe back pains (it is at a minimal degree as i would have to tell you before you see the curvature), i do not know if the lower back pains are connected to this in anyway, although my doctor says they aren't.. I would appreciate any help i could get in trying to understand whats going on with me. Thank You.

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Hi Anon,

An MRI is used to find problems such as tumors, bleeding, injury, blood vessel diseases, or infection. MRI also may be done to provide more information about a problem seen on an X-ray, ultrasound scan, or CT scan. Contrast material may be used during MRI to show abnormal tissue more clearly.

Spine MRI's can check the discs and nerves of the spine for conditions such as spinal stenosisdisc bulges, and spinal tumors.

Unfortunately, this is about as much information as I can give you, your doctor will have to discuss what it is that he's looking for.

Wishing for the best,


May 16, 2012 - 8:22am
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