Re: Lumbar MRI only?
01/22/20 01:00 AM
Winston: You were right about the length of time for a pelvic MRI --- approximately 60 minutes +/- depending on contrast according to the MRI technician who just called to schedule the lumbar MRI. I told her that I want to talk to my rheumatologist at the VA first. Apparently, since I live in town, it could be done any day this week so long as it is during the evening. She said a pelvic MRI could be done at the same time. To give me time to talk to the rheumatologist, we scheduled the lumbar MRI for the evening of Monday, Feb 3rd. All total, it could take almost 2 hours to do both at the same time. I don't get overly claustrophobic but it would be uncomfortable. I probably should just do the lumbar MRI and get it over with.
I'm not sure what I would tell the rheumatologist anyway. It would seem reasonable that both are done at the same time but I doubt that I would act on anything. The biologic has made the back pain much better. In fact, my hips now hurt much more than my lower back --- presently it is literally a "pain in the butt" which is something relatively new for me.
After 30+ years, does it really matter what the diagnosis is? At this stage in my life, I'm not so sure I want to discover any more damage.
On the other hand, Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) was a new finding on a recent chest x-ray along with "tortuous" aorta. However, my rheumatologist didn't seem overly concerned about it.
The technician did say a lumbar MRI will show some of the pelvic area and thoracic spine so maybe that would suffice.