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Hi, I don't know the laws in Canada, but in the US one is legally allowed to get copies of their medical records (which would include MRI copies). Usually if it's just an MRI copy, my docs will just make me a copy & give it to me. Though usually I noticed the reports are right inside the image envelopes when I pick up my MRI's. If you request all your records in US, I do know they can charge you a fee for it. But again, you might want to look into the laws in Canada about this. If they say you have a right to your records, then all you have to do is ask the doc for a copy.
[FONT="Arial Narrow"][SIZE="3"]Hi Gwenny,

I never request test results from any of my doctors...I request the medical business performing the test to send me [I]and[/I] my doctor a copy of the test far, I have never encountered a problem.

When I have MRI's done I always instruct the MRI tech (I go to the same place each time one of my doctors order an MRI, the MRI place has always given me the film copies and only sends my doctor the written report, I assume this is their policy) to send me a copy of the written results, as well as my doctor. I do so b/c I learned the hard way that I cannot depend on a doctor to give me accurate information. A few years ago when my back problems began my GP ordered my first MRI and when she received the results, her assistant called me and said the MRI showed I had a bulging disc...that's the only thing she said the MRI revealed, so she sent me to PT and a few months later, when PT actually made my back pain worse, my GP referred me to a PM doctor for steroid injections...the PM doctor was able to schedule an appt sooner than my GP expected so I actually had to pick up my MRI results from her office and hand deliver them to my PM doctor...that's when I noticed the MRI actually showed I had 3 herniated discs in my lumbar area, 1 disc was pinching my left sciatic nerve and 1 disc was pinching my right sciatic nerve.

Seeing the report was a big wake up call for me...since then I have really taken control of my medical care...I have all of my test results and all of my MRI and X-ray films. You need to keep good medical records because you never know when you'll need to find another doctor for whatever reason.[/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT="Arial Narrow"][SIZE="3"][B]I noticed in your post you also asked:[/B][/SIZE][/FONT] [I]Also, would a cortizone shot help?[/I]

[FONT="Arial Narrow"][SIZE="3"]I'm assuming by cortizone shot you mean steroid injection, right? If so, I think a steroid injection may help relieve some of your pain. I have heard many doctors say, and read in many articles, that people who have both back pain and leg pain usually benefit from steroid injections, while people only experiencing back pain usually receive little or no pain relief from steroid injections. I think you should certainly give the injections a pun intended...who knows, they could really provide some great pain relief for you.

Good Luck!


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