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    Do I have a bulging disc or herniated disc?
    Eliloves83 posted:
    I had an MRI done on May 2, 2013 of my lumbar and cervical spine. I uploaded the MRI to my youtube channel. Here is the link:

    Please let me know if you can read it and what were you able to see in my spine?

    Thank you
    bj1208 responded:
    Hi Eliloves83 - welcome to the support board -

    Unfortunately, we no longer have any professional spine physicians to help assist us.

    Reading film reports is very hard for us lay people (the support board is all lay people like us suffering from pains). What I would suggest is to call or go by and ask for a written report of the MRI. they will give this to you and it will list the findings of the MRI.

    Even for me, I've had MRI/CT Scans etc done since '06 and I can't even read them (except I can see my hardware!).

    Once you get the written report post those findings and we will be happy to help you with what it says. Also, did they suggest that you see a physician for this? If so, it's best to see a spine specialist either a Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist - they are the only ones that can accurately read film reports, give you a diagnosis and let you know what treatment options are available - they never suggest surgery as this is the last resort after treatments have failed.

    I hope this helps - let us know as soon as you get the written reports.
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    Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

    ~~ Joy ~~
    bj1208 responded:
    Eliloves83 - also I meant to give you this link letting you know what a herniated disc is and the different names it can be called.
    ~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~

    Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

    ~~ Joy ~~

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