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A 39-year-old male asked:

bulged disk right c4-c5. mri says spinal cord not affected, but daily neck pain on right side, right ear fullness and lightheadeness. what to do?

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Dr. James Dillard
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 31 years experience
MRI is not a diagnos: Spinal mris are massively over-ordered and over-read. Someone with no neck pain is just as likely to have these MRI findings. Good doctors make the diagnosis from your story, and from doing a careful physical exam. You need to see a good doctor who knows when to order an MRI and when not to - one who can actually give you a diagnosis the old-fashioned (correct) way. And treat you correctly!

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Last updated Oct 21, 2015

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