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  • Pelvic MRI for Hernia

    Hi I have been suffering for 3 years with groin ,hip, back, pelvic pain . I have been to several specialists and have not been able to find treatment. I researched and found that I may have a hernia. My gyn has ordered a MRI to rule out a hernia. Does the MRI need contrast /dye ? I've never had contrast and concerned about reaction and side effects. But also want to be diligent.
    I have read all about occult/hidden hernias and feel so sure that I have one or two hernias. Inguinal and femoral.
    Thank you for your support and feel grateful to reach out to this group.

  • #2
    drtowfigh is an expert in imaging. I am not but I don't think they use contrast agents for diagnosing hernias. Your doctor would probably have to ask for that specifically, since the typical insurance company protocol is to approve contrast agents beforehand. Mine was rejected when my surgeon asked for it, to diagnose mesh problems. If they did not ask then it probably will not be used.

    Good luck.

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    • #3
      No dye. We have posted the protocol in one of the pages here
      #ItsNotJustAHernia
      www.BeverlyHillsHerniaCenter.com

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      • #4
        https://www.herniatalk.com/filedata/fetch?id=10056

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        • #5
          Thank you for your reply. I appreciate your feedback. My GYN ordered it with or without contrast. I have been having pelvic pain and had negative pelvic ultrasounds. I felt that this was the next step so I pushed for the MRI hoping that I could bring it to a hernia specialist. If MRI protocol is not followed, is there still a chance of seeing the hernia? I saw that there are 2 specialist in NYC but wanted to know if there is a doc in Hartford or New Haven Connecticut that you can recommend.

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          • #6
            My pelvic mri eith /without contrast was negative..i am still covinced i have a hernia. I am planning on having another mri specific to your protocol. Would the protocol also see obturator hernia? Thank you

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            • #7
              Should mri be ordered as pelvic or abdominal? I am not in touch with a hernia specialist yet and my gi doc is now ordering mri according to your protocol. I just want someone to figure out what is wrong. 4 years of pain. Seen spine physiatrist, hip physiatrist , hip surgeon - hip injection, gyn eval for endometriosis took meds, did PT, myofacsial release, tried pelvic wand, had gallbladder out this past march and thought all of this was related and pain is still haunting me. Stabbing, burning, achy, right Groin, hip, low back, quad, feel nauseous , weak, heart races. Sitting , rolling over in bed, bending over , standing for long periods aggravates. I know a full stomach, bladder, bowels aggravate also but what about empty stomach too?Oh and also tried muscle relaxants. Entire right side of my body is tense. Please some advice would be great. I used to be active running, pilates, biking. Now unable to do anything

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              • #8
                It's the interpretation of the image that is most important. Dr. Towfigh has written and presented quite a bit about how it takes specific training to interpret images.

                She has offered to examine people's images in the past. I think that you can send them to her after you get them from the facility that took them. Don't trust the interpretation of the staff image reader of the day at the facility that did the imaging. Get your images to an expert in hernias. Good luck.

                https://twitter.com/Herniadoc?ref_sr...Ctwgr%5Eauthor

                https://www.beverlyhillsherniacenter.com/contact-us/

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                • #9
                  Thank you . I will do that!

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                  • #10
                    I am in Connecticut. Perhaps an online consult with Dr.Towfigh and go to Dr. Jacobs in NYC. Unless you can recommend a Doc here in Hartford County, CT.

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