** Originally posted by GMOM **
After 16 months of mtx for pa, with low back pain as my foremost complaint, my rheumy now wants a mri to check for disc problems. He originally diagnosed pa, undifferentiated lumbar spondylitis, and sacroilitiis. Does anyone know if the inflamation from these diseases will show on an mri, or will it only show disk? I'm so frustrated. If this was a possibility, shouldn't it have been done long ago? The only thing that has changed is that my back has continued to get worse, which I mention on every visit. The answer has always been that the back is the last thing to respond to these drugs. My p has cleared up completely, although it was always very limited. Stiffness in hands and feet is somewhat quicker to clear in the am. But, if the diagnosis on my back is not from one of the auto-immune diseases, I'm not sure the overall result has been worth what I've gone through on these drugs! I really could just scream! (SCREAM!!!!!!!!)
Ok, got that out of my system. Thanks for listening.
Back to original question...does inflammation show on an mri?
Blessings to all of you,