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My doctor refused me a MRI scan.

Im 18, have slight scoliosis and for 4 years have had chronic back pain, having to take 8 co-codomol a day and am just depressed by doctors giving me no help. I want to know where my pain is coming from so i asked my doctor for a scan over the phone because she wont even see me face to face and she has said no. I dont know what else to do, im in so much pain and day to day life is just a struggle:-(
Any advice will be great,


  • That's a lot of pain medication & paracetamol everyday. Your doctor must recognize that you are in a lot of pain to prescribe it. What diagnostic tests were used to diagnose you & your scoliosis? Is it being measured & tracked? What is your pain you have shooting pain down your legs, any numbness..what hurts most standing, sitting, walking? Could you describe it a little for us please?

    Sorry for all the questions. Its hard to offer any suggestions & support without a better idea of what youre dealing with. What Sandi says is very true. "Slight" Scoliosis alone doesn't necessarily equal debilitating pain. Are you in England dealing with the NHS?
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,989
    edited 06/02/2014 - 5:59 PM
    What Sandi said is so very true.
    Doctors are not going to order any diagnostic test unless they have enough justification and rationale to do so.
    In today's environment, the medical insurance companies can dictate many things.

    Doctors need to give those insurance companies the proper justifications for diagnostic tests (of for that fact, prescriptions, etc)

    While you may believe you need these tests, your doctor does not. However, they also need to help identify your problem in order to come up with an action plan.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • edited 06/03/2014 - 8:42 AM
    She won't even see you face to face? If that's the case you should get a new Dr... A scan does seem justifiable imo but if the Dr. refuses you could still ask alternatives, such as Physical Therapy or seeing an orthopedist or spine specialist or something. Also you don't have to stick to one Dr. when it comes to treatment(major exception is pain medication/prescription narcotics) we are entitled to 2nd, 3rd and even 4th opinions if we are not satisfied with our care.
  • You should seek a new doctor, if your doctor won't even see you then that's not a very good doctor. Seek help else where. I'm sorry your in so much pain
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