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HI,

I'm hoping someone will be able to help me. For nearly a year I have suffered severe pain in my lower back and right buttock. I had physio which only made the pain worst. I have recently had an MRI scan and the report has indicated that I have a L5/S1 circumferential disc bulge whih displaces the exiting L5 nerve roots bilaterally.. On the left this effaces the perineural fate and contacts the L5 nerve root. A neurosurgeon has apparently reviewed my scan and said there is no evidence of this disc bulge without even seeing me and suggested tertherd cord syndrome should be investigated.. I have sought a second opinion from a proffessor and shown him the report I received, he did actually examine me and suggested a nerve root block injection,.  My question is can I rely on the report I have recieved or is the neurosugeon correct, even if he didn't examine me. The reason I ask, I am a police officer and at the moment even when I walk I'm in pain. I have been told that I could be pensioned off as I will not be able to do my job.
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1729090 tn?1310149343
I too suffer from low back right buttock pain...have them check out your sacroiliac joint.....and the nerve blocks can be great. Don't give up on your job yet!
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No they haven't mentioned anything about this joint. At the moment I'm concerned about the conflicting statements the report from my MRI scan and the surgeons views. I don't k ow which opinion I should be relying on. Can any make any suggestions?
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1729090 tn?1310149343
have you googled the results from your mri yet?  that can be a big help in finding a path to search next.  one thing about the injections is when done under the flouroscope they are taking real time xrays and can see amazing things that weren't caught before...in mine they found a birth defect in my low back....what are some of the wordings from your scan??? you can private message me if you want
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Hi there.  Would suggest that you rely on the MRI reports and consult a pain physician for an epidural injection of steroids as advised by the neurosurgeon. Real time fluoroscopy will reconfirm your lesion or back pathology. The further course of management can be decided thereafter. Let your neurosurgeon examine you with your MRI scan report for best assurance. Take care.
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Hi both. Thankyou so much for your advice. It's much appreciated.
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