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

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Garrett Caldwell
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Garrett Caldwell
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Yes

Should not affect the test sensitivity of test at all.

In brief: Yes

Should not affect the test sensitivity of test at all.
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