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How long does it normally take to get an appt!!??!!

spinaltapsspinaltap Posts: 51
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Just diagnosed with a c5 c6 herniated cervical disc on 11/13/08. My main symptoms are dizziness, headaches and numbness in the hands and face.....my question is, does the severity of your problem have anything to do with how long it takes to get an appointment! The neurosurgeons office said the next available appointment is in January....this is November. Does that mean I need to chill out and wait until November and that my problem must not be a big deal? I mean to me it's a huge deal....I'm frustrated. I think I'm afraid they aren't taking my issue seriously.
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  • In the uk you can be waiting for an appoinment for at least six months. If you are worried and do not want to wait . The only thing I can suggest is that You phone them every week to see if there is a cancellation appointment available.

    Good Luck!
  • I will do that. I've already irritated them, a little more won't hurt.....So, you are saying that even if your problem is severe, you can still wait 6 months? That's insane.......
  • ~X(
    Yes, the only way to get an earlier appointment in the uk is to hassle them by phone every day. To the point of that they give you one. For instant I waited a year to get acupunture at the pain clinic.

    The only other thing I can suggest is that you go to your Gp and keep on going until they try and get you an earlier appointment. Dont give up, as if you are worried the stress can make you much worse. At the moment im waiting for an appoinment for a neurosurgeon myself, have already waited two months and have not been given a date yet. Am told that I am on the waiting list and that they will give me a date six weeks before the appointment date.

    =)) Got to laugh or I would :''( .

    Hope things move faster for you.

    Sue.
  • and see if you can be put on a wait list should there be a cancellation. Also, if you call every few days checking on any openings,they may 'work' you in. My husband kept pestering my doctors office and as luck would have it, they've managed to get me in a full week earlier than scheduled. Keep on em' and good luck!!!
  • my doctor is only in the office 2 days a week so its hard to get an appt. it now takes a month but he is good about getting whatever meds/relief I need while I wait I just call his voice mail and his nurse takes care of it, you might get some luck tring that approach.Good luck sometimes it can really get you down when you think no one cares,we have all been there at some point.
  • Neurologists anywhere are the hardest to get an appt with. My regular doc set mine up for me and I still won't be seen until mid Dec. I'm just praying my symptoms don't get worse.
  • spinaltap- I usually can get in within 1 month with my current neurosurgeon and earlier with my PCP and PM dr.

    I did have an orthopedic dr that took 2 to 3 months and I no longer go there. They did have a cancellation list and I did try that list. The only problem was that I had to be ready at all times for a cancellation.

    It did take more time with my 1st visit with all 3 NSs that I did original consults with. I was told that drs arrange patient visits by types of visits ie consulatation, 2nd opinion, 1st visit, recheck visit, emergency visit and so on. I guess they arrange their schedules based on amount of time needed per patient..Or something like that.. :/ ...jade
  • I was diagnosed with a C56 herniated disc in June. My PCP sent me to a NS who wanted me to wait 3 months for an appointment. My intuition told me there was something seriously wrong because I had severe arm weakness. I kept calling the office and pleading for an earlier appt but they refused to budge. long story short,my long wait resulted in surgery and permanet damage. Had they treated me quicker my chances of a full recovery would have been excellent.
    I found that it was much easier to get appts at teaching hospitals. The wait time was one week. Good luck, Bethy
  • But I got in 13 days after my PM office called. I cant imagine waiting that long.. keep pestering them and surely they will get you an earlier appt. Good luck to you!! )
  • My wait? 3.5years for docs to work out it wasn't just a bad back that everyone gets, after going to him weekly, then 2 weekly. Saw locum doc and got MRI scan 3 days later and got seen by specialist in 8 weeks. They decided I was an urgent case for surgery and 22 weeks today Im still waiting for my op, and if they dont change provisional op date of Dec 23rd it will have been a 26 week wait for surgery.

    Love Danni xoxo
  • Wow, how stressful to have to wait so long to be seen! Would you be better off going to Germany or India, etc.?

    I had symptoms on a Monday morning and saw my chiropractor that day. After no relief in symptons, I went to my GP on Thursday, had an MRI done the same day with results from the radiologist the next day. I saw an orthopedic surgeon the next week and a NS the week after that. He would have done the surgery within a month, but I opted to postpone it another 3 months so that my recovery period fit into my personal/work schedule better.

    The only appt postponement I've experienced is my 1st post-op appointment should have been at 4-6 weeks, but my NS is having surgery (right about now, actually), so they had to schedule my 1st post-op for 7 weeks out (December 11). I've called my NS's office 2X since the surgery with questions and his nurse always calls me back THE SAME DAY.

    People can b.... all they want about America's health care problems, but if I lived in Canada or the UK I wouldn't have even been seen yet, much less be well on my way to recovery!
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