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A 39-year-old member asked:

can a disc problem or nerve problem in the back not show up on an mri?

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Dr. Anthony Filly
Radiology 26 years experience
Yes and No: A disc problem will almost always show up on an MRI if it is good quality. You can have a nerve problem not caused by a disc that could easily not show up on mri. If the MRI is negative and you have nerve issues, you should see a neurologist for further evaluation. They will likely start with an emg.

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