i am a 51 year old female. i have had sciatic pain for more that 6 years. i have been to chiropractors with some relief, however lately it’s not helping. went to surgeon who took x-rays and diagnosed spinal stenosis and ordered mri of lumbar spine w/o contrast, after the mri the dr’s office contacted me stating that the radiologist wanted to do mri w/contrast. again dr’s office contacted me and now he wants an mri on thoracic spine as he may see a mass on my spinous (i think that was what she said) which may be cause of pain. should i be terrified that there is a mass if surgery is recommended what is recovery time?
Masses on or in the spine are many times benign. Let the radiologists and surgeon do their work-up and be patient (I know it is easy to say but the odds are very much in your favor).
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Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.