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Julie and elliott

Posted by wendyn on 2/18/05 at 15:08 (169366)

Thought you may be interested to know - I had physio this morning, and I asked the PT about the MRI of my back. I didn't tell her about my whole dye conundrum this week - I just wanted her objective opinion on whether or not I would truly benefit from an MRI.

Pains me a bit to admit, but she is adamant that I should have it done. In her exact words, she is 'appalled' that no one has ever done one. She agrees that there is only a small chance that they could find anything easily correctible, but she thinks it will help the doctors understand what is and isn't going on. She agrees that there are likely multiple things happening in my body, and my spine certainly isn't going to explain all of them. She feels that the MRI would help her with the treatnent as well.

I explained my frustration with the doctors and the tests, and my inclination to say 'enough'. She was very nice, but very adamant that the 'enough' should come AFTER the MRI of my back.

So, there you go. Or, there I go.

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Julie on 2/18/05 at 16:30 (169368)

I'm glad she has encouraged you. 'Appalled' is a strong word, but it really is surprising that not one of the many doctors you have seen has considered the likelihood of your spine being the source of at least some of your problems.

If you do decide to pursue this line of inquiry, I think it would be useful to get the referral to a neurosurgeon first, so that the scan is ordered and interpreted by a specialist who has examined and assessed you and has an idea of what's being looked for.

(There might be insurance issues too: your insurers might require that the scan be ordered by a consultant.)

I feel that it's good you've got a view from someone who has actually seen you and worked with you in real time. Well done you for opening the subject with her.

Take care, Wendy. I'm going to bed now. (On my side.) :) I hope you're having a good day.

Re: Julie and elliott

elliott on 2/19/05 at 20:19 (169465)

Wendyn, can I ask around how long you've had back pain? Also, will there be any problem getting the MRI authorized?


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wendyn on 2/19/05 at 21:44 (169469)

Elliott, I don't have a simple answer to your first question. I have had back pain for a very long time. I don't remember when it started. It's not awful back pain that limits me - it's just a chronic, sometimes worse than others pain. Maybe at least 12 years (since before my last pregnancy). But, it's not like I've ever shown up at the doctor specifically for back pain - like I said, it's just always something that is there. It's my lower back, around my SI joints. Worse from standing and walking than sitting; worse from inactivity than activity.

If I ever upload lower body pictures - there are obvious reasons that I may have lower back pain. I'm simply not made right.

And no - there will be absolutely no problem getting an MRI of my lower back authorized. The toughest person to get it past will still be me!

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john h on 2/20/05 at 10:32 (169496)

Wendy I am not supprised that one who is afraid of flying would not like to get in the cockpit of an MRI Fighter. I never could get my wife into an aircraft I was flying. I did get her into a helicopter one time and hovered about 2 feet off the ground and she was a wreck and swore never to go near one again. My daughter has flown with me on various occasions. Spend a day with me doing loops and rolls and you will be a real woman. You will beg for an MRI. I had a friend who owned a P-51 and a civilian single engine aircraft which was fast and nice. I assumed that since he owned them he could fly them. One day at the airport he said to me and my daughter lets go for a flight over to an air show. Sounded good to me and Laurie. My wife said no way. We climbed in and he started it up an taxied to the take off runway at which time he said you got it. I advised him I had never flown a planed like this and had no idea of take off/landing speeds etc. He said he could taxi a plane but could not fly one. Not wanting to be a girly man and young I put the flaps at 30 degrees and throttled up to max and we were off. No big deal for most pilots. Across town was the airport where the air show would be. I circled the field only to find a dirt strip about 3000' long with people lined up along side it solid from one end to another. This would be a problem because not knowing approach speeds and stall speeds on a short field like this would be tricky at best. I kept my mouth shut and down we went. I hit the runway right on my spot and acted like it was something I did ever day. Actually at that time I was flying a small aircraft for the Air Force every day and landing on 1000' dirt strips else I would never have attempted that. My buddy later asked me if I wanted to take a spin in his P-51. This was the fastest propeller fighter ever made. It would be a dream to fly this machine but I passed as you clearly need some training before you tackle this old war horse.