posted on Aug, 10 2018 @ 01:57 PM
I have wondered for a long time how doctors can make a diagnosis from looking at an MRI, or sometimes a CT scan of a person in a single position. I
know, and have experienced, extreme pain when I was in certain positions, such as bending over and even sitting, and the only relief I would get would
be lying down. When I had an MRI of the area (lower back) it was while I was lying down and they found 3 discs with extreme protrusion into the
spinal canal and 2 others with moderate. Because the pain was radiating from areas that weren't "severe" another MRI was ordered and I requested
one where I was vertical, in a sitting position, and the results showed basically the same in the 3 bad discs but the 2 that were "moderate" were
just as bad as the other 3, but this wouldn't have shown up had I not asked to have an MRI in a different position.
Now what I find odd is that I had been to probably 5-8 doctors over 5 years about this issue and had many MRI's before that and not once did they
ever mention that being in a different position could reveal different conditions until I was at the vertical MRI location and they told me that they
often find things (related to my injury) that other MRI's don't see, because of the compression due to body weight, muscle tension, etc all acts
upon the body differently than when lying down.
Now as a non-medical professional, I am extremely tired of having to do my own research and feeling like I have to become a "lay-expert" (or
internet expert....) in the various conditions that I have and I have seen the same thing with many other people close to me where I can't believe
that certain things have or haven't been done or suggested and those close to me don't seem to be willing to look into their condition and trust in
what the doctor says.
When it comes to medical issues, I think everyone should expect the highest degree of care and there should be a way for them to find out all the
information related to their condition easily and be able to cross reference information with other providers or medical establishments.