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Having extreme lower back pain for 8 years? why do mri's keep coming back normal?

I been having lower back pain for 8 years now. It hurts the most when I sit. The longer I sit the more it hurts. It also hurts when I stand in one spot long and when I lay on my side and back.I also have weakness in my left leg. I had 3 MRI's.. One in 2008,2011,and one last week. My orthopedic doctor told me today that the MRI was normal.

Im frustarted and dont know what to do next. The doctor said there is nothing she can do being that the MRI was normal and sorry to hear I am in pain. Can anyone give me any advice on what  I should do next
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 4,299
    edited 07/23/2019 - 1:08 PM
    hello rezz!
    Welcome to Veritas Health Forumplease click on link for helpful information!
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 4,299
    Hello....
    Curious if you have seen a pain management doctor?
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  • I feel like I'm a broken record now that I've been vindicated by this recent mri,but you need to ask for specific examinations that'll test your S1. Your symptoms will help them decide if that's a possibility. 
  • VwsurferVVwsurfer England Posts: 5
    Hi there, Iv just posted a similar post, I hope there are some answers for you.
  • Request a ct scan. I've had several mri's too that came back normal. Ct scan showed congenatal abnormalities in my pelvis including bertolotti syndrome. I've  had countless doctors write me off as "all in you head crap." I just got back from bilateral si joint injections, I'm hoping that they will work.
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 4,299
    edited 07/23/2019 - 1:08 PM
    hello nate51678!
    Welcome to Veritas Health Forumplease click on link for helpful information!
  • rezzrrezz brooklynPosts: 3
    edited 06/18/2016 - 11:00 PM
    I haven't seen a pain management doctor yet. Pain management Doctor is booked and I will have to wait a couple months to see him. 
    I also meant to mention I have weakness in my left foot and from my left knee and down. 
    So you guys think I should request a cat scan? Is there any other test I can request to see what's going on with my back? It's frustrating cause of the amount of years I had this lower back pain

    What are the specific tests that I can ask for S1? 
  • mcbmmcb Los AngelesPosts: 1
    Can't find the link.
  • rezzrrezz brooklynPosts: 3
    I'm back. Still nothing yet. The doctor told me that he think it's muscle spasms and that there's nothing he can do because the MRI is normal. I don't understand how someone can have muscle spasms for over 8 years. He gave me muscle relaxers but they didn't help at all. 

    I still haven't seen a pain management doctor yet. It's frustrating cause it seems like I'm not getting any help. One doctor tried to tell me it's all in my head. 

    I am suppose to be getting a emg test for the weakness in my left leg and left foot. They say they will only do the test on my left foot and left leg but not my back. 

    What shoikd be he my next step? Someone on here said I should ask them to test my S1? What is that? How would I say that to my doctor the next time I see him
  • The only thing I can think of is a discogram which is a provocation test to see which disc is generating pain. I never had one but I heard it is more invasive and can be painful. However, it is very helpful when an MRI doesn't detect a problem but you still experience symptoms. Another test is a ct myelogram but there has to be medical justification for this procedure. You're put on a tilt table after being injected with a dye, and then a ct scan is done. My surgeon had me do this to confirm nerve compression before surgery can be done. When you are in an upright position, the pinched nerve is more apparent than when you lie flat during an MRI. An EMG can be helpful too in spotting abnormalities in the nerves. 
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