In Search of the Best Pain Clinic in Burbank: The Diagnosis of Cancer

By | June 3, 2015

I told Ira that I really needed an MRI of his Lumbar spine.

I told Ira that I really needed an MRI of his Lumbar spine.

I apologize for the long absence of new blogs, but I am not a professional author and turning out a regular blog is not easy for me. In addition we have bee very busy here at Schlesinger Pain Centers and I probably would not be posting today were it not for a patient who came to see me last week. Ira Kanter (not his real name) is a friend of mine from the club. His wife has been a patient of mine for several years, but Ira despite his age has always been healthy. He played either golf or tennis everyday. One afternoon when I joined him for a quick nine he told me that when he turned 85 he gave up the two sport days and that when he turned 100 he was going to quit the club. I just laughed and asked if he had told his wife of his plans. He smiled and said not yet. I told him that his wife, Harriet (not her real name), who is an excellent golfer, was unlikely to put up with such silliness. He smiled again.

During the consultation he told me of a dull aching pain in his mid to lower back that had kept him of the tennis court (his preferred game) for about 3 weeks. He asked me if I could give him one of those magical injections that I give to his wife. The problem I told him was that he was healthy. His physical exam was negative and there were no imaging studies of his back. Ira told me that a plain X-ray of his lumbar spine had been done at his internist’s office and had been said to be negative. I told him that I really needed an MRI of his lumbar spine. Reluctantly Ira agreed.

To be continued

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