Patient Comments: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI Scan) - Diagnosis

Question:Please describe how magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scan) has helped in your diagnosis.

Comment from: BigMike211, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 26

I thought my husband was having a heat stroke with the weather being 100 for days. About 3 weeks of headaches, kind of loopy, numbness in the right hand, foot, face, lips, gums, and nose. With no relief we went to ER and they did an EKG, Ct scan then MRI. They found a mass on his brain stem. Now what? Thank God doctors know what to look for. Or what could be wrong. Nobody even said something was wrong. They just kept doing tests.

Comment from: y4, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

About 11 years ago, I was diagnosed with a slipped disc after about 10 months of not being able to walk. The MRI scan was the only thing that showed what was wrong. Also, I liked the sound of the machine, and I nearly fell asleep. I wouldn't hesitate in having another MRI scan if I needed to.

Comment from: couchspud70, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I was having trouble with seasonal colds. When it started shifting into my left ear, I went to see my doctorand I was referred to an ENT(ear nose and throat) doctor who decided to take a MRI just to be safe and get a better look at the problem. After the results came back it was shown I had swelling inside my nose. After i went through surgery, I was breathing through my nose a lot better.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I had 2 MRI scans last year to check on the progression of the MS I have had most of my 61 years, I have recently had a mastectomy because of recurring breast cancer. My surgeon said I have some enlarged lymph nodes in my neck, she thought chemo-therapy would be a next step, but my oncologist doesn't think chemo would be right for me, so he checked my neck to find the lymph nodes, and couldn't feel them, and ordered 2 MRI scans for me. I don't want that; please let me know about side effects from having more than 2 MRI scans so close together. No one ever gave me a relax pill or shot.

Comment from: trenton, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I just went through 4 MRIs and have yet to be helped I have lived with chronic back pain for 20 years and thought getting the MRIs might finally get me some help. I guess I was wrong I now am the proud owner of 4 MRIs with not a bit of help from the DRs. Told I can live with the herniated disc and move on. I have never had this kind of poor treatment and I am so disgusted with the lack of treatment I cannot express how bad I feel.

Comment from: Glad'n'Greatful, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 15

My father has been having rather painful back problems of late and recently received an MRI. Today he was showing me the results of his MRI, so I decided I'd try to figure out how to interpret it. I used an online search engine and found this web page as my first result. My father's problem was a Disc Herniation between L4 and L5. Thank you guys so much for this article!

Comment from: Phonse, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

After years of suffering (multi-site body pain, numbness and tingling in hands and feet, dizziness, headaches, general weakness, neurogenic bladder, unexplained low-grade fevers, falls, and "screaming" pain when looking down) it took a psychiatrist to order a sitting-upright, flexion cervical MRI which revealed a herniated cervical disc. It has mashed the oval-shaped spinal canal into a v-shape, pinching the nerve! Also the disc underneath is bulging out following the same pattern. The neurosurgeon immediately ordered a sitting-upright lumbar MRI. Hopefully, this has been done in time to avoid permanent nerve damage. Surgery is required.

Comment from: Hoops, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

Over the past year I have suffered increasing pain and discomfort in my hip. Much time has been wasted with Physiotherapy (unable to diagnose problem) and repeat visits to GP X-Ray referral (showing nothing - pain on movement or weightbearing). Each visit with gaps of a month or more before further feedback and again for next referral. At last! An MRI was suggested and taken. Lo and behold. Hip degeneration easily and obviously displayed on the scan. What a shame I have had to wait so long. The problem by now is in both hips. Perhaps useful preventative measures could have been taken with early diagnosis. Now looking at a long wait while the condition worsens enough for surgery. Let's have early MRI as a normal part of the diagnostic process.

Comment from: big dog, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

My MRI results were not given to me by my primary physician. Instead I was called on the phone and told I had a bulging disk and a benign growth on my vertebra.

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