Now I'm just pissed, disgusted and down right agitated!! After all my posts that everyone was great at responding to and helping me get over the hurdle and make a decision, i'm back at square one. I went for that second opinion ( actually 4th opinion at this point) today. He is the cheif of the neurological institute at a big hospital near my home in New Jersey. Now, remember, my MRI report stated that I have three cervical herniations that are indenting my spinal cord, and severe spinal stenosis, in short. I have seen my "spine" doc who looked at the report and films who sent me for an epidural then to a neurosurgeon. I went to a neurosurgeon who read the report and viewed the films too and suggested discectomy with a double level fusion.I also sent my report to a neurosurgeon who, after looking at the report also stated I probably needed surgery, although he wanted to see me first before making a definite decision. So, like I said, I went to the other doc today fully expecting him to just reinforce what has been told to me.....THE EXACT OPPOSITE HAPPENED!! First, he said he looked at the films and he thinks they exaggerated the report. He feels I have "mild" stenosis, and that I am not a surgcial cannidate at this point. He also said that he feels I am young (36) to be having this kind of surgery!
FIRST, how can there be a 180 degree different opinion in my stenosis. Severe and mild????? AND, how can they be sooo far off in treatment opinions????
I am so fustrated. Any of you know who have read and responded to any of my posts that this was a huge decision for me. Now, I just feel totally disappointed, fustrated, confused and angry! I am an RN.....I know that there may be different opinions in health care, but for one doc to say SEVERE steonsis and one doc to say MILD???? COME ON!!!!!!!
SO, now I plan to cancel the surgery scheduled for the 23rd. What i'm going to do next, I have absolutely no idea, deal with the pain I suppose. I am so down!