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

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Please describe how magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scan) has helped in your diagnosis. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Carol, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I was having severe stomach pain. I had an MRI scan and was found to have 2 huge stones in my bile duct.

Comment from: Jim, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 05

I suffered a stroke due to a bleed in my left temporal lobe resulting in temporary loss of expressive language and a seizure. A CAT scan was negative, my speech returned the next day and I was released home. My cardiologist referred me to another neurologist who had an MRI done. He found a life-long cavernous malformation in the left temporal lobe which had collapsed and bled. The CAT scan had not found this tumor given the limitations of this test. The malformation was removed surgically and I am no longer in danger of further harm as it would have regrown and potentially caused significant damage. Thank goodness for that second opinion and an MRI.

Comment from: Take My Pain Away, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 07

I was in a bike accident brought to the trauma unit. They gave me ex-rays, MRIs and CAT scans and when all was said and done, they told me I was very lucky nothing was broken. Three weeks later my doctor ordered another MRI and found nothing. Four weeks later I got another MRI and this time with contrast they found 5 broken ribs, fractured scapula, torn rotor cuff (these were 3 separate MRIs)! So as far as I'm concerned they are not foolproof.

Comment from: loving life, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

Postpartum, I encountered body numbness without the ability to move my entire left side except my face. They sent me to see a neurologist first. That doctor said I am sure it is nothing, but let’s do a MRI. Through this, I was diagnosed with a very large arterial venous malformation in my brain that was inoperable related to its location. This would never have been diagnosed without a MRI, and I probably wouldn’t be here today to tell you.

Comment from: mojomojo, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 25

My daughter 14 is constantly having joint pains and no diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis yet but wanted to see how other kids learned about theirs and their symptoms.

Comment from: Peter, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 07

I had a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan on my spine the end of September 2017 to see if there had been any further deterioration in my condition on a problem I have had for many years. Since the scan I have had terrible pain in my shoulders, back, chest and arms also I can hardly lift my feet at all. I am taking a massive amount of co-codamol which only masks the pain. My consultant says the MRI could not be responsible for this. Too much of a coincidence I think.

Comment from: ANEL, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I had a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) yesterday for mid-back pain. I went through it with no problems, later that evening I was and still am experiencing pain in right hand, thigh, back, and I can hardly walk. I have no other health problems. I did start taking Boniva, wondering if that might have something to do with the pain I am having.

Comment from: cheryl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

Having the MRI done showed just how much damage has been done to my back whereas the x-rays only showed a fraction of the damage. It was a rather scary experience even though I thought I was not claustrophobic, but this was a minor hiccup.

Comment from: bev, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: May 14

My mother fell and was x-rayed - negative. She came home but continued to experience pain while walking. A week later, was x-rayed again - negative. A cat scan was negative. The MRI showed hairline fractures of the pelvis and hip. A small plate with a pin was put in place to provide stability to the pelvic bone with great results.

Comment from: A. Abid, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 30

I had headache for almost three years and doctors would say you have migraine, ENT problem or pain due to stress and prescribed all type of pain killers and medicines. I was tired of this problem, myself I went to a hospital and done MRI. The report showed a big tumor in brain and advice immediate surgery. Micro surgery was done in 2004 after one more MRI followed by Gama Knife treatment. It was MRI only, from which doctor came to know about real problem. Thanks to the pioneer of MRI system.

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Comment from: prissy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 10

I have had a headache every day for a year. I thought it was stress. Then my doctor ordered an MRI. I had a ruptured disc at c4-c5. It was pinching my spinal cord in half its size. I had to have a bone fusion and instrumental. The headaches went away, but I still can't do certain things, like holding my head down while I read or keep my head turned to the side for long. Now I have DDD in my lower back and am getting ready to have more tests done for that area. MRIs are great! I think anyone having pain should have to get one!

Comment from: KSim, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I was going through fertility process and was given an ultrasound that showed I had 2 fibroids. The nurse suggested surgery which I did not want to have. So I resolved to live with the 2 fibroids until some months later I heard about another procedure that is non-surgical that can eliminate fibroids. The doctor automatically requests an MRI. To my shock and amazement, the MRI showed that I didn't just have 2 fibroids, I have approx. 15!!!! The doctor said the surgery she suggested was a myomectomy which would only have allowed them to remove a few fibroids at once in order to sew my uterus back together. But he said it is possible that once they got in and saw how many there were they may have performed an entire hysterectomy because there are so many. I am just so thankful that he ordered the MRI and I was able to see this has been causing me problems for years and I did not know this. It's important to be proactive with your own health because many times some doctors are not concerned with taking the next step to properly diagnose you.

Comment from: Elephas522, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: February 01

Hi, I am 24 and a survivor of 2 unavoidable car accidents. My initial MRI showed I had 2 bulging discs from first accident in 7/06. After 3 years of physical therapy, pain meds and the feeling of things not improving, I was sent to have a follow up MRI. My back had literally degenerated with now 3 degenerated discs, spinal canal stenosis in 2 joints, a hypertrophied ligament, in one of the joints with stenosis, 2 Schmorl nodes, and 3 bulging discs. Needless to say if it weren't for the MRI in just those 2 times help me to get dramatic treatment options, as of late I had a Radiofrequency Ablation on nerves that go to my spine to prevent pain signals to return to the brain, I'd be in unbearable pain for life. Though I still have pain it has been reduced somewhat I have a fighting chance. Then due to 2nd accident in 12/09 MRI detected a herniated disc in my neck and since I have nerve damage in my hand diagnosed by my EMG I had just undergone MRI for my wrist and elbow. I have EXTREME Ulnar nerve damage and the EMG cannot determine where if not more than one place my nerve is damaged. I am waiting for the results currently so that my Orthopedic Hand Surgeon can accurately know where he needs to operate on my arm/hand in order to prevent further UNREPAIRABLE damage that occurs from my impingement. I AM SO THANKFUL I live in an era that has the ability to see these problems otherwise my hand would be clawed and eventually become utterly useless for the rest of my life yet alone unable to ever return to any possible thought of a life at all. And MRI is the only tool that will be able to detect wear my nerve is being pinched other than cut and search. Unfortunately my muscle loss in my hand is very significant already and is more than probable to be permanent, the speed and accuracy of the MRI allows to prevent further loss from occurring and get me REQUIRED SURGERICAL help a-sap. God bless magnets and the beautiful scientist who engineered this medical miracle. I am forever in gratitude for all it's done for me alone. If it were up to me Full body MRI should be part of a yearly physical due to the amount of medical information it provides doctors and the ability it has to diagnose so many conditions early on that could give SOOO much preventative care and health tactile offense. Though I've never played any physical sports in my life any one knows the BEST DEFENSE IS A GOOD OFFENSE. Medically that is spelt MRI.

Comment from: Antigone2, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I was having serious pain down my leg and into my foot. At first, I was treated with steroids, as the doctor thought that I might have an inflammation of my sciatic nerve. The pain persisted and I started to have weakness in my toes. I was examined by another doctor who detected the weakness. She ordered a MRI of my spine. The MRI showed that a ruptured disc had broken, and fragments of the disc had migrated into my sacrum. Surgery did remove the fragments and prevented further damage but could not undo the damage already done to my nerves. Without the MRI, it probably would have been impossible to diagnose this problem.

Comment from: mandyjuelz, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I have had a headache for 28 days. I have spent the last month worrying myself crazy in fear that I had bleeding of the brain or possibly a brain tumor. I went to my doctor, and he and I both agreed that I needed to have an MRI performed ASAP. I am grateful that I had one done. I got my results in less than 24 hours, and they told me that it came up negative (which is good). Although I still do not know what is causing my headaches, at least now I know that it's nothing that could possibly be serious or fatal. I am so grateful that we have access to medical technology (like an MRI scan) in this day and time!

Comment from: 13-18 (Caregiver) Published: November 19

An MRI just recently diagnosed my daughter with bilateral periventricular nodular heterotopias (BPNH). For the past four years, her neurologist had never had an MRI performed on her and had been treating for epilepsy. Then he dumped her. Her new neurologist could not believe an MRI had not been performed on her years ago when the seizures first started. He immediately ordered an MRI for my daughter.

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.

Comment from: Sir Brutus, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 06

My MRI showed a lot of damage from a high impact fall six years ago that broke my neck, clavicle, and ribs. It also showed my compressed spinal cord. I have wasted muscles in my left shoulder and a lot of pain in my neck.

Comment from: SAM, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 13

I got the MRI scanning done to detect my back pain. The result of the MRI scanning said that i am 100 percent fit but I still have back pain.

Comment from: mumu, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I have a stint in my kidney, I was passing kidney stones. The stint helps the stones to pass. I also have a mass in the abdominal cavity and was told to have an MRI, but was then told as long as the stint is in I cannot have the MRI to find out about the mass in my abdomen. I was informed that it will take 6-8 weeks recovery before I can have the MRI, my Doctor advised to have the mass removed as soon as possible, but needed the MRI to find out more about the mass before surgery.