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Ladies, My spine has been hurting very bad lately and I know the epidural I had with Emma made things worse since it as between my SHOULDER BLADES because of all the scar tissue on my lower spine. My doctor today diagnosed me with severe degenerative rheumatoid arthritis in my most of my spine. I am so upset. I can barely breath EVERY single morning from the pain of laying in the bed all night to sleep.
It gets better by noon and then starts over in the morning. To say I am broken hearted and scared is an understatement. I am only 41. I have lost weight and made a ton of positive changes in my health for the better in the last year. And now this.
My doctor wants to do a bunch of X rays and two MRI's. I have not had an MRI in years. Do you guys know if you still have to go in the tunnel? Are they any safer as far as radiation is concerned?
I don't have answers to either of your questions but I wanted to extend my condolences. I'm sure that diagnosis came as quite the blow. I would recommend shopping for a good mattress! If you can at all afford it, I remember reading that some mattresses can help a lot with the pain. Hugs!!
I had an MRI when I was a teen (I'm 32 now). It was in a tunnel. As far as I know, they still are. I also was too young to worry about any effects. Since you are worried, can you talk to the doctor about the benefit versus risk?