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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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What kind of doctor should I see for a herniated disc in my neck?

What kind of doctor should I see for a herniated disc in my neck?

Spine specialist: Spinal specialist, could be a neurosurgeon, or orthopaedic spine surgeon. Also for conservative managment, you can also see physiatrists. But remember having herniated disc does not mean you need treatment, unless it is symptomatic. ...Read more

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Which doc should I go see for herniated disc?

Which doc should I go see for herniated disc?

Yes: See your pcp first. You may need to get an MRI to evaluate this spine pain and possibly evaluation from spine/pain specialist. ...Read more

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What is the best diagnostic method to see if there is herniated disc or it's about piriformis syndrome?

An MRI: A physical exam is first in the evaluation. Piriformis syndrome and sciatica often causes pain in the buttock and posterior thigh. Nerve irritation or compression from a herniated disc can cause similar symptoms but with pain and weakness extending below the knee and sometimes into the foot. Plain x-rays then an MRI if symptoms persist is the image of choice. ...Read more

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Husband has herniated disc, on 4 pain meds, had injections, still serve pain. Cant see surgeon til feb. Anything else that might ease pain?

Herniated disc: If medications, injections, rest, heat/ice, and physical therapy have been tried, but severe pain still persists, seeing an otlrthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon is critical. This is especially true if there is associated pain, numbess or weakness that radiates to either foot, bowel or bladder dysfunction, or groin numbness. Recommend MRI and eval with surgeon if symptoms present for >4 weeks ...Read more

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What type of doctor do I see for a herniated disc in my neck.?

What type of doctor do I see for a herniated disc in my neck.?

Neurosurg or ortho: Both neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons with a spine fellowship are capable to perform the diagnostic workup that includes a history, physical and MRI interpretation. Both of these specialties also understand the various conservative treatments such as chiropractic, pt, pain management, and acupuncture. Your surgeon should be able to transcend the bias to operate and provide optimal care. ...Read more

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Does a herniated disc surgery for c6-c7 and c6-c5 will risk my vocal cord since I had 12 year ago X-ray treatment of right vocal cord carcinoma?

Herniated disc: The risk is low for vocal injury after anterior neck surgery. The spine surgeon will likely go from the right side of the neck since the right vocal is likely weak or paralyzed. The endotracheal tube can cause vocal nerve damage to. A preoperative evaluation of the vocal cords with an ears, nose, and throat surgeon is essential to determine the strength of the vocal cords. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc at t8 and t9 and an edema at t7 putting pressure on spinal cord. I see doc friday, should I be worried and careful until then?

Thoracic disc: It is very rare for thoracic discs to suddenly cause neurologic problems... Meaning paralysis. Most often the radiology report sounds worse than the real images reveal. Make sure the orthopaedic spine surgeon puts your complaints, examination and images together to make the right recommendation. It's truly a rare indication for surgery, only if the cord is really bad.... Good luck! ...Read more

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A severe herniated disc 6/7 in neck. Waiting for results if a few tests before I see neuro again. Blurry vision, head and neck pain? Vision scares me?

A severe herniated disc 6/7 in neck. Waiting for results if a few tests before I see neuro again. Blurry vision, head and neck pain? Vision scares me?

Maybe Unrelated: Herniated discs in your neck don't cause vision problems. The c6-c7 disc could cause many other sx. Such as neck pain, arm pain, hyperreflexia. Neck problems can also cause hedaches in the back of the head known as occipital neuralgia. Your vision should absolutely be assessed by a board-certified opthalmologist. You should also probably see a neurologist for the most comprehensive workup. ...Read more

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My daughter is 18 and has multi level degenerative joint disease with bulging discs and herniated disc which specialist should she see?

My daughter is 18 and has multi level degenerative joint disease with bulging discs and herniated disc which specialist should she see?

Spine Surgeon: An Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon or a Neurosurgeon would probably be the best specialists to evaluate the conditions you have described in your daughter ...Read more

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What kind of specialist should I see about siatica I suspect I got herniated disc chiropractor or spine doctor? What one if best to get MRI through?

What kind of specialist should I see about siatica I suspect I got herniated disc chiropractor or spine doctor? What one if best to get MRI through?

If you have: Symptoms of a herniated disk with radiculopathy (sciatica) you should probably be evaluated by a spine specialist, which could be a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Can sinus cause teeth to ache. Lower and bottom have dull ache. Bad gums, fibro, herniated disc, headache, runny nose. Should I see ENT or dentist.

Can sinus cause teeth to ache. Lower and bottom have dull ache. Bad gums, fibro, herniated disc, headache, runny nose. Should I see ENT or dentist.

Multiple symptoms: Based upon your symptoms you should be seen by a periodontist, general dentist, orthopedic surgeon and a primary care physician or ent. Start with your worst symptom and see the appropriate doctor. ...Read more

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What doctor is best to see for a herniated disk?

What doctor is best to see for a herniated disk?

Rarely a surgeon as: 90% get better without surgery. So any doctor can claim a 90% success rate. You can see your pcp, a physiatrist, neurologist, pain management physician, orthopaedic surgeon or neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Went to see neurosurgeon about herniated disk c5-6 he saw fluid around disk but no fluid further down what could cause this and is dangerous.

Went to see neurosurgeon about herniated disk c5-6 he saw fluid around disk but no fluid further down what could cause this and is dangerous.

Herniated Disk: Went to NS about herniated c5-6 disk He saw fluid around the disk but no fluid further down. What could cause this and is it dangerous? No not dangerous.
As you age the discs lose fluid naturally and this is why you lose height as you age.
The spine is made up of bones separated by fluid filled circular disks.
When the disk cracks the fluid leaks out into surrounding tissue and is absorbed ...Read more

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What kind of doctor should I see for a herniated disk? Should I see an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon?

What kind of doctor should I see for a herniated disk? Should I see an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon?

Either: Either could suffice depending on the surgeon's experience. Ask local health care providers or other patients for local recommendations. ...Read more

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Which type of doctor should I see for Scoliosis and Herniated Disk? Is an orthopedic Surgeon ok?

Which type of doctor should I see for Scoliosis and Herniated Disk? Is an orthopedic Surgeon ok?

Ortho / neurosurgeon: Orthopedists treat both scoliosis & herniated discs. However, you want to see and ortho-spine specialist & not just any ortho. Neurosurgeons also specialize in the treatment of back problems, particularly herniated disc's. It's usually just pt preference. In your case with a history of a meningioma it would be prudent to discuss these issues with your neurosurgeon first & then decide on the doc. ...Read more

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What can be seen on myelogram that you can't see on mri? I have 6 herniated disk shown on mri, but neurosurgeon wants CT myelogram.

What can be seen on myelogram that you can't see on mri? I have 6 herniated disk shown on mri, but neurosurgeon wants CT myelogram.

CT myelogram: While MRI scans are excellent for visualizing the soft tissues structures around the spine (e.g., discs, nerves, spinal cord), ct scans are generally superior when visualizing the bony structures (e.g., vertebra, facet joints, bone spurs). Mris can also be negatively influenced by either motion and/or metallic artifact. Conversely, ct scans can expose patients to unnecessary ionizing radiation. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage from siatica heal on its own from herniated disk? Right foot can stand on heel it drops what kind of doc should I see spine doc?

Be evaluated: You would need to be followed closely. But yes, weakness from a herniated disc can potentially improve as the herniation heals. But you need to be followed closely because if it worsens you might need urgent surgery to avoid a complete and permanent "foot drop." See a spinal surgeon to discuss, even if you don't think you need surgery, you need to be followed by a surgeon just in case. ...Read more

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When will my herniated disc heal?

When will my herniated disc heal?

May take months: It is pertinent that a European study of un-operated ruptured discs showed desiccation and shrinkage spontaneously over a period of 8-10 months. ...Read more