Re: MRI results FINALLY-Ginny

From: Christine M. Smith (
Wed Jun 23 20:40:42 1999

At Wed, 23 Jun 1999, Ginny King wrote: >
>At Wed, 23 Jun 1999, Christine M. Smith wrote:
>>Hi Everyone:
>>Well, I called the pcp this am and left a message that I really needed
>>to know the results of the MRI done June 14th. He was on vacation this
>>week. :<P
>>Anyway, it was "normal". I asked her "completely normal, nothing at
>>all?" and she said there were some slight arthritic changes. I know
>>that is to be expected. So in one way this is good news. Now I know
>>that I don't have neurological disease in the area of the lumbar-sacral
>>spine and I don't have to worry about blowing a disc with exertion. (any
>>more than anyone my age would) This really is not that much of a
>>surprise because I always thought I had a good back and felt any aching
>>I experienced was due to muscle strain from exertion (such as gardening)
>>The bad news is that I still have no explanation for the lower right
>>quadrant pain, the rt hip pain, and rt sacral pain. What next? She
>>scheduled me for an appt next Tuesday.
>>I am thinking more of myofascial pain syndrome, nerve entrapment, and
>>the adhesions of course. Would this be the area of expertise for the
>>pain clinic? I am also going to ask about the conscious pain mapping.
>>Maybe I'll call my gyn today and see what they are telling patients
>>about this procedure. I also read on the ob-gyn site that the physical
>>therapy department can also offer insight into pain management.
>>Chris S.
>I'm glad you finally heard your results and they are normal, but not
>that wish anything to be wrong, I just know it's frustrating to hear the
>"normal" word again. Good luck in your search. I look forward to
>hearing what you find out as you seem to have more knowledge and are
>further down the road than I am in finding an answer. Best wishes.

Hi Ginny: Most of the time I would be discouraged to hear the word "normal" and still be in pain, but actually this time I am glad. The normal MRI rules out a lot of things that could muddy the waters. I'm not very confident that I am getting anywhere with this problem. Its been going on for two years. This is the third summer in a row that I've been making the rounds of doctors offices. I wish you didn't have to wait until the end of July to have the GI tests done. With any encouragment at all my pcp would also be willing to take a wait and see attitude. At this point he's the only one involved. All the others say its not in their department. Do you have any pain medicine? I can't remember what you said.

Chris >

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