I’m having problems accessing an MRI of my spine and wondered if anyone else had encountered similar reluctance by their medical team to order a spine MRI? What rationale was provided for not ordering the spine MRI? All insights and advice welcome.
For background, my annual MRI is coming up in the next couple of weeks. After some recent new symptoms, none hanging around long enough to be considered a relapse, I requested that the MRI cover my spine as well as the head. My MS nurse got back to me to say that they planned to go ahead with only the head MRI, but would add me to the roster for an appointment with a consultant who could consider an MRI of my spine (I hadn’t realised that after my neurologist left over two months ago that I hadn’t be reallocated to a new neurologist…). I responded that unless there is a risk or danger from getting an MRI of my spine, I don’t understand why they wouldn’t just do both at the same time rather than draw things out unnecessarily with a long wait for an appointment just to order a spine MRI, followed by a further wait for another MRI appointment, followed by a further wait for a consultant to follow up on the results. I’m at a loss to understand why they are being so difficult about a request that seems reasonable to me.