Please pardon my ranting ~X(
I saw a spine specialist today...for the first time in 3 years.
I have a previous diagnosis of Stenosis, DDD and a disc bulge at L5-S1.
First of all, when I got thtere I was informed that I was not seeing the doctor I was referred too, because he was not in the office that day /:)
So anyways, I am roomed and I give the nurse the disc with my previous 2 MRIs on it from 02 and 05. She says that I need to go down the hall for an xray since my films are so old. So I go even though all of us with nerve problems and stenosis know what little good xrays actually do. But hey..I go with it.
The doctor comes in (mind you he does not have any of my new patient info/forms because i still had them in the room on the clipboard) he asks me what I was told I have..and I tell him. He asks me what was offered to be the last time I saw someone 3 years ago...and I tell him I was offered a fusion or replacement or just to live with it. He says "well yeah I would agree with that guy, your options really havent changed much". He flips through my MRI films for about 45 seconds, tells me the xray shows that things havent progressed (how he can tell that from a film that only shows bone I dont know) and that I need to lose weight.
Okay..im about 40lbs overweight....when I started having problems 7 years ago at 14 I was a size zero.
I tried tellling him that yes I do walk but its very hard and very painful. He shrugged it off and told me that weight gain comes with the condition. He never examined me...didnt ask me about my pain, what causes it, makes it better etc etc. Not once. I asked him about my options at my age (22) whether or not he thought i was setting myself up for future damage by having/not having surgery now. He said that was up to me, he could not answer it. ~X( and just kept saying i need to lose weight and improve my posture. :W
I point blank asked him at one point whether or not he thought I should get another MRI or if he thought my xray was sufficient. He said the xray was fine I didnt need an MRI. I then told him that a pain management doctor I used to work for wanted to see a new MRI so he could counsel me privately...as soon as I said the doctors name he did a 180. "OH! well if he wants to see one, I will get you one."
I was irate. Had I not mentioned this guys name I would have gotten nothing.
He then had me stand up and point to where my pain was so he could say "Yeah thats about right, thats where the disc is" NEVER touched me other than to check my knee reflexes.
I am sooooooo pissed off over this. I have never been so insulted. Just kept telling me to lose weight, strengthen my trunk and improve my posture.......???? Are you serious??
Sorry for the long rant I am just livid over this. X(
At the very least I got the referral for the MRI and will see what my old employer has to see but overall I was horribly dissapointed AND insulted. I feel like he saw a young kid in his office and just thought I was fat and lazy aand didnt want to do anything.
I mean honestly....my last MRI showed central canal stenosis with impingement of the thecal sac...how can you tell me that an xray is sufficient????
Anyone else have such a bad experience? Advice??
Thanks guys...I know its long. :S
OH...and I called the office back to ask whether he was still under felloship or not..and when I first asked I was put on hold and the girl came back and told me that all the doctors were fellowship trained. Right. But what I asked was whether he was under fellowship right now..so she puts me on hold again to ask the office manager and she comes back with "we dont think that he is". .....................how do you NOT know that!?!?