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Does an xray always show a herniated disc?

Does an xray always show a herniated disc?

Practically never: Xrays show hard things such as bone or metal. Discs are too soft to show on an xray. Magnetic resonance (mr) scans show discs the best. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


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Could X-ray of low back show a spinal tumor? X-ray was done for follow up for a flare up of a herniated disc. Severe low back pain where herniation is

Could X-ray of low back show a spinal tumor? X-ray was done for follow up for a flare up of a herniated disc. Severe low back pain where herniation is

Only at later stage: X=ray is not a good screening tool for spinal tumor, as visualization of a radiolucent defect on x-rays requires a 50% destruction of the vertebral body. One typically notices a sign called "winking owl sign" on plain x-ray as a late presentation of spinal tumor. There are better ways of visualizing and diagnosing spinal tumors. X-rays are least preferred as it is not very sensitive. ...Read more

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Going to ER for back injury. Will X-ray show herniated disk? MRIs not done in local ER, unsure if muscle or disk is problem.

Going to ER for back injury. Will X-ray show herniated disk? MRIs not done in local ER, unsure if muscle or disk is problem.

Not X-rays MRI rec'd: MRIs for the lumbar spine are not usually urgent, thus it would be a good idea for you to see your primary care MD or a spine specialist who can order this. In young people usually back pain is a muscle issue as the discs are only likely to be bulging. The typical treatment is Physical therapy for core strengthening and muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatories as needed for symptomatic relief. ...Read more

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How long should relief last after X-ray guided shots for herniated disk to conclude the disk is the prob? Some Drs tell me disc, others sacroiliac

How long should relief last after X-ray guided shots for herniated disk to conclude the disk is the prob? Some Drs tell me disc, others sacroiliac

After epidural: Injection your symptoms hopefully will improve for several weeks. You may need a series of three injections spaced 2-4 weeks apart. Your SI joint can be injected at the same time. Report your findings to your neurosurgeon. He or she will help you make surgery decision based on how you do. If injection doesn't help, you may need surgery sooner. ...Read more

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How necessary is it to take a MRI when x Ray has been done to see reverse lordosis & possible herniated disc in cervical spine?

How necessary is it to take a MRI when x Ray has been done to see reverse lordosis & possible herniated disc in cervical spine?

Different tests: Plain X-rays of the spine only show bones structure, an MRI is needed if you are looking for soft tissue pathology like a herniated disk. ...Read more

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Mild herniated disc in lumbar region and. Hip bursitis symptoms? . Right hip feels out of place but X-ray was normal. Knees give out. Burning numb legs

Mild herniated disc in lumbar region and. Hip bursitis symptoms? . Right hip feels out of place but X-ray was normal. Knees give out. Burning numb legs

Possibly from back: Chronic hip bursitis that does not improve with conservative stretching may be a sign of back issues. A complete exam with a spinal specialist would help determine causation and get you on the road to recovery. ...Read more

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Esi today@s1. Pars fracture 7yrsago. Now pars defect. Herniated disc, chronic sciatica. Could this be cause? Surgery? Dr goin over mri/xray on monday

Esi today@s1. Pars fracture 7yrsago. Now pars defect. Herniated disc, chronic sciatica. Could this be cause? Surgery? Dr goin over mri/xray on monday

Discuss with MD: Esi sounds like a reasonable approach to your back pain. It may take several injections over time to really find the intervention that is most helpful. These chronic injuries in young patients are often from gymnastics, or sports injuries. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have all symtoms of a herniated disc for the C8 nerve root, but MRI shows normal, I've had no trauma. Pain lasting for 11 yrs, im 28. Any diag ideas?

I have all symtoms of a herniated disc for the C8 nerve root, but MRI shows normal, I've had no trauma. Pain lasting for 11 yrs, im 28. Any diag ideas?

MRI not perfect: Mri is the more clear image we have. It doesn't pick up everything. After 11 years you can know you don't have anything dangerous. If you have all the symptoms at C8 (as diagnosed by a neurologist), it is likely C8 causing the problem. After autopsy they have found problems with people at a microscopic level that couldn't be seen on mri. Unfortunately, that doesn't help your pain. ...Read more

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Will a healed herniated disc or bulging disc still show up in an mri? At times I can feel something moving in my lumber. To be specific I describe the feeling as separated movement, almost like two discs had moved either into place or out of place at the

Will a healed herniated disc or bulging disc still show up in an mri? At times I can feel something moving in my lumber. To be specific I describe the feeling as separated movement, almost like two discs had moved either into place or out of place at the

MRI: Mri is a study that evaluates the anatomy of the body. Referring do a disc, I am assuming a herniated disc. If the disc has repaired and is no longer herniated, this will show one follow-up mri.

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Will an MRI show a lumbar herniated disc even after anti-inflammatory medications are given?

Will an MRI show a lumbar herniated disc even after anti-inflammatory medications are given?

Herniated Disc: Yes, an MRI should still show a herniated disc even after anti-inflammatories have been used. The drugs should help reduce swelling, but a herniated disc is a physical bulge from the disc pushing into the vertebral canal causing pressure on one or more nerve roots. No drugs can change that, even if they make the perceived pain less. ...Read more

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Can a chest CT show your spine? Could it show possibly a herniated disc.

Can a chest CT show your spine? Could it show possibly a herniated disc.

Chest CT thoracic sp: A CT of the chest does show some of the thoracic spine and disc spaces, but not the lumbar spine where most symptomatic herniated discs are ...Read more

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Mri shows an L4 herniated disc, but I've experienced no back pain, only sciatica. Could prolotherapy be a viable option?

Mri shows an L4 herniated disc, but I've experienced no back pain, only sciatica. Could prolotherapy be a viable option?

Maybe: Prolotherapy is well researched and offered treatment that has shown good success for axial back pain, not sciatica. This strengthens the ligaments around the facet joint and therefore reducing stress on the joint by tightening them up. There are some other treatments like stem cell injections that can help as well. Neither of these treatments are covered by medical insurance though. ...Read more

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Why didn't my medicine "percocet" or "ativan" show up in my drug screen? I have a herniated disc in my lower back and panic attacks, I take my medicine daily, just as prescribed, but neither showed up in my drug test... Can you help me?

Why didn't my medicine "percocet" or "ativan" show up in my drug screen? I have a herniated disc in my lower back and panic attacks, I take my medicine daily, just as prescribed, but neither showed up in my drug test... Can you help me?

Percocet: Percocet is a narcotic (opiate class) pain medication made up of a combination of oxycodone and Acetaminophen (tylenol). It would show up in a drug test as oxycodone or as an opiate depending on the test. Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazepine called Lorazepam used for anxiety and a few other problems. Since Ativan (lorazepam) is the brand name, it usually show up in drug tests under it's generic name Lorazepam or as a benzodiazpine which is it's class of medication.

If nothing showed up in your urine drug test and you are taking these medications daily as prescribed, you may want to call your doctor and have it repeated. ...Read more

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If I have a slipped or herniated disc or a rotation in my spine and a bruised spine will that stuff show up on a ct? Or is it best to have a mri?

If I have a slipped or herniated disc or a rotation in my spine and a bruised spine will that stuff show up on a ct? Or is it best to have a mri?

Ct/ MRI /X-rays: Both are helpful and look at the spine in a slightly different way. X-ray is also used to evaluate the entire spine for curvature etc. Ct and MRI complement each other. ...Read more

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Recent MRI due to left leg pain and weakness in back of thigh calf and foot. Results show no herniated disc. So painful walking standing sitting! Help?

Recent MRI due to left leg pain and weakness in back of thigh calf and foot. Results show no herniated disc. So painful walking standing sitting! Help?

MRI: Which part of the body was the MRI performed?
It should be have been done at the lumbo sacral region of your low back.
Sound like a nerve root compression. You may require an epidural block.
Apply ice to your low back to see if symptoms improve for now along with an anti inflammatory for pain if not allergic. ...Read more

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Experiencing pain and tingling in left leg/foot. MRI shows herniated disc L4 L5 with L5 nerve impingement but EMG was normal. Get a 2nd EMG?

Experiencing pain and tingling in left leg/foot. MRI shows herniated disc L4 L5 with L5 nerve impingement but EMG was normal. Get a 2nd EMG?

Physical therapy: In a case where there are symptoms of nerve impingement, and some tests show it (MRI) and others don't (EMG), this may reflect the positional and postural nature of the way our spinal cord and nerve roots move in our body. Rather than get more testing, consider physical therapy. If several weeks of PT had no benefit, then follow-up in person with a neurologist, physiatrist, or neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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65 yr fem, herniated disc of lumbar MRI show mild disc bulge from L1-L2 to L4-L5, slight degen. Grade 1 retrolisthesis. Had 1 month therapy. Osteoporosis. I have severe back and left side pain. What next? Acupuncture? Pain mngmt? Shot in back?

65 yr fem, herniated disc of lumbar MRI show mild disc bulge from L1-L2 to L4-L5, slight degen. Grade 1 retrolisthesis. Had 1 month therapy. Osteoporosis. I have severe back and left side pain. What next? Acupuncture? Pain mngmt? Shot in back?

Pain: First question - were any of these MRI findings believed to be the cause of the back and left side pain? Has an orthopedic surgeon been consulted? If not, recommend that. Depending on his/her findings - there may be a number of treatment options. Acupuncture won't fix the actual intervertebral disc problems but it can often reduce inflammation in the surrounding area & improve range of motion, ...Read more

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My husband went to a chiropractor for upper back neck pain. He performed a neck adjustment and my husband has been dizzy 24/7 since. MRI and CT show no arterial dissection. He has a herniated disc at C6-C7. He's seen an ENT and orthopedic surgeon, and no

Needs further evalua: Does he get dizzy when he turns our bend his neck? He may have instability. He needs a full cervical xray exam including bending views to check for instability. What did the MRI of the cervical spine show? Is there stenosis or cord compression? He should not have any manipulations on his neck any more. If his surgeon can not figure out what is going on, does not hurt to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Does a herniated disk always show up on a spine mri?

Does a herniated disk always show up on a spine mri?

Yes: A good quality MRI should demonstrate all herniated discs. ...Read more

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Do x rays show herniated disk

Do x rays show herniated disk

No: X-ray will reveal the space between the vertebral bodies where the disc is found but unless the disc is calcified, it will not be visualized as x-ray energy will pass through this soft tissue structure while it does not penetrate the bone but you can get idea of how degenerative the disc may be by seeing how narrowed the disc space is or amount of bone spurs seen around it. Ct & MRI reveal disc. ...Read more

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Will an MRI show a herniated disk even after the pain has gone?

Will an MRI show a herniated disk even after the pain has gone?

It may or it may not: As disc herniations have been shown to shrink in size or resolve over time as demonstrated on sequential mri's over a period of 6 months 60% are smaller or not demonstrated any longer in persons who had sciatic symptoms, also realize that asymptomatic people with MRI can reveal a disc herniation and sciatica can occur without a herniation with other sources for the pain. ...Read more

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Dr says I have herniated disk but not related to work injury because 1st MRI didn't show it....Is this possible?

Can't tell: Would have to see the time line. Not sure exactly what you are saying. You can herniate a disc doing almost anything though.... Even just bending over funny. ...Read more

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My Brother 28 went Dr Friday w/ back pain told was Sciatica, Today went to Hospital by Ambulance. MRI show herniated disk. What is treatment for this?

My Brother 28 went Dr Friday w/ back pain told was Sciatica, Today went to Hospital by Ambulance. MRI show herniated disk. What is treatment for this?

Sciatica.: Sciatica is the symptom complex that results from a herniated disc that compresses the sciatic nerve. Management depends on how bad the herniation is and how many herniations there are in total. Could be physical therapy, NSAIDs and muscle relaxers, injections or even minor or major surgical procedures. He should bring his MRI to a spine specialist for a consultation. ...Read more

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Think IV had a L5 s1 herniated disk for 2 years I have burning down the front of my legs and numbness from waist down MRI shows no cauda equina?

Think IV had a L5 s1 herniated disk for 2 years I have burning down the front of my legs and numbness from waist down MRI shows no cauda equina?

Look high: A disc herniation at l5s1 can't explain your symptoms so logically treating it would not expect to resolve. Continue to look for a problem that explains your symptoms neurologistt are familiar with a broader set of neurological conditions beyond compressive neuropathies I can think of any condition that would be expected to give you the symptoms you have described with a clean MRI good luck. ...Read more

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How to heal herniated disc?

Most do on their own: Most herniated disks heal on their own, but is may take 3 to 6 months. Only 2% or so will go on to surgery. Sometimes injections will reduce symptoms to the point that surgery is not necessary. Try to live as normal as possible, avoiding uncomfortable positions and activities. It is probably best to avoid heavy lifting, bending, twisting for about a month. Otherwise, stay active. ...Read more

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What is a herniated disc?

What is a herniated disc?

Herniated Disk: The bones (vertebrae) that form the spine in your back are cushioned by small, spongy discs. When these discs are healthy, they act as shock absorbers for the spine and keep the spine flexible. But when a disc is damaged, it may bulge or break open. This is called a herniated disc. It may also be called a slipped or ruptured disc. ...Read more

Dr. Anthony Filly
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Roentgen Rays (Definition)

Roentgen rays are another term for x-rays, which are a form of electromagnetic radiation (other types include light and microwaves). X-rays are used to provide imaging with plain ...Read more