In the past 2 months I've had 2 MRI's taken by two different local hospitals. The first MRI, taken at McLaren Hospital last February didn't show a quality result, thus leading the Neurosurgeons to not see exactly why I was having all the Sciatica pain. They gave the Orthopedic Surgeon the ok to go forward with the total right hip replacement.
Long story short, I now have a new right hip, but because of the intense Sciatica pain, I cannot fully enjoy the outcome.
I then went to Dr. Olsen, a Neurosurgeon that was recommended to me from a friend. She had almost the same problem as I'm having, and her surgery was a complete success. Dr. Olsen looked at the MRI that was taken and said it was in very poor quality, and he could not see what was causing all the pain. He asked if I would be willing to go through another MRI from the hospital he works out of. Absolutely was my answer. Another MRI was taken last week, and yesterday I had my appointment with Dr. Olsen to go over the new MRI results.
It didn't take him long to pinpoint the problem. Even I, without a trained eye, could visually see the difference in quality. He pointed out the herniated disc of L5. Inside the spinal column you could actually see the disc pushing up against the nerve! "I believe that's what is causing all your pain" was his exact words. Words that I've been looking forward to hearing for a long long time.
He works out of Beaumont Hospitals, he asked me if I had a preference as to which Hospital I would like to have the surgery. In turn I asked which one he prefers, which he responded the Royal Oak Hospital. "Well that's the one I would like to go to then" was my reply.
As of today appointments have been made to get my "pre operative" tests done. Next Tuesday is my primary care Dr.'s appointment to complete those. Then it's a go for the surgery anytime after.
I'm praying that the surgery will be a success, and I finally will have the relief of the pain I've been having since this past January, some 18 weeks ago.