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Seeing Ortho on Wednesday

HeidiLynnMHHeidiLynnM Posts: 445
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello everyone :H :H .

I haven't posted in a while, and I hope that I havent missed a lot. I am going to see a ortho surgeon on wednesday. I have seen two neurosergeons already. My husband had this ortho for his surgery almost 2 years ago.

I need some ideas or tips to get him to really listen to me, and the pain that I am in. My back pain is just as bad as my leg pain now ~X( ~X( .

The weird thing also is that my husband is not better after his fusion by this doctor. I am a believer that no matter if you have the best, best doctor in the world, things can always go wrong. I think that this was the case with my husband. This ortho that I am going to see is a great guy. Should I feel weird about going to see him, and my husband is not better?? :? .

My husband had his hardware move about 8 mm. He will be seeing another ortho in the same office next month. He says that he never wants to have surgery ever again, and wants to wait until he can't walk. :T .

I am scared, nervous, you name it here. I have seen all the bad that comes of surgery. I am in pain all the time, want to get better(as we all do.)

Any advice would be great!!! Hugs to everyone >:D< >:D<


  • I suggest you take you husband in with you, that is if he's comfortable enough going since he was his surgeon. It is always better to have your other half in there with you. Come with a list of questions, concerns or general topics you'd like to discuss with him.

    I wish you the best of luck and it was good seeing you on here. I haven't heard from you in awhile.

    Keep us updated on how your appt goes.
  • If your surgeon doesn't have good bed side manners which I find important also - seek others!

    I don't know where you live, but there are so many great surgeons out there who need to have not just talent in the operating room, but good listening skills.

    I had about 5-6 referrals from friends who had great results and you need to ask people in your area who they recommend.

    It wasn't until I got my herniated disc I found out 5 people in my church alone had back surgery. They all had not only good recommendations for surgeons, but for hospitals too. Not all hospitals are equal. Check that out!

    A friend in the church was a Physical Therapist and she recommended a two good ones and she knew of many surgeons in the area - so there you go! She did not recommend everyone!

    I wish you the best in seeking out a good surgeon. They are out there. Talk to many people, anyone, everyone. Sometimes it's hard to spot a post back surgery patient when they've healed up so well - so just put the word out and see what comes back!
  • As we all know everyone is different before and after surgery. Just because your husband is still in pain may or may not speak to the doctor's skills. The movement of the screw however would probably put me off a bit with this surgeon. But all bodies respond differently to hardware as well. I would still ask for another doctor's opinion even if you decide to go with this guy. I loved my Ortho too until about a month ago and realized he missed something VERY important and as you know I am probably facing more surgery to stabilize my C3/C4 which my original doctor NEVER even looked at and wouldn't because he wasn't convinced my pain was coming from my neck and was just insistant that I would get better. Well I haven't and now I'll be going to Myofascial Therapy in a few minutes. (Original Ortho never suggested this and it does seem to be helping with loosening up my shoulders.) Then tomorrow I'll be having an ESI between the newly affected discs. (Original Ortho NEVER suggested this one either.) Then if that works I'll be having more surgery to replace the too short plate that the original doctor put in to stabilize my spine and relieve the pressure on the nerve. My original Ortho told me to see a counsellor. X( I am seeing a counsellor but NOT for my neck but the PTSD that I have suffered since my accident. I just keep thinking. If only I had gotten another opinion. If only I hadn't completely trusted this one doctor so much. Remember that in the beginning I had not an ill word to say about this surgeon. I adored him and thought he was the perfect one for the job after meeting him. Know in your heart and HEAD that this is the doctor for you. Many hugs to you sweetheart. >:D<
  • I will def. put all of these ideas into prosective! I hope that everything goes well. I will for sure let everyone know how it goes:)
  • ~X( ~X( I went to see the ortho today, and I was told that I could have a fusion done through my back with cage and rods, ect. He has no idea why I have leg pain going down both legs! He also said that he does not see my disk sitting on the nerves from the mri picture. On the mri reading it does state that l5 s1 nerve is touching. He said that there isnt any?!

    Anyhow, he told me that I would have a 50/50 chance to get better. He highly doubts that my leg pain will get better? I feel so lost, I have seen 3 surgeons now that have no idea why my legs are weak, painful, and get numb feet. I am in pain ~X( .

    I don't know what to do, I want to get better, I want to live my life. I got hurt at work, and the IC wants me to settle or have surgery basically. Long story, let me know if you want to hear it 8} .

    I cried my eyes out after talking to this doctor. I just dont know what to do. I have disk herniation(he says it is a bulging disk), stenosis(he says that he doesnt see it on the mri picture), I have a tear(he never said anything about that). I have tried everything, there is nothing more to do :''( :''( .

    I need your advice guys badly. I just dont know what to do :(
  • I like you had pain, only it didnt go down my legs and they could not find out why. I finally had a discogram done to see if I had tears. I had three disc with tears that were making me in enourmous pain, the discogram confirmed 2 painful discs. Is this a test they could do? I wouldnt rush into surgery with 50/50, I just went through 2 level and it is indeed very painful. My sucess rate was much higher than that. I went to many like 5 drs to get one that was worthwhile in Minnesota. Keep your chin up. PM me if you want to talk. I have been through 2 1/2 years of what you are going through and can definetly sinpathize.
  • done already. It did confirm why I had so much pain, it was from the l5 s1 disk. I am not in any hurry to get surgery at all. I just want to get better and get onn with my life!!!!!!!

    I have also like you been dealing with this for a few years. I wish that I could just figure it out. I want not to be in pain anymore :(
  • You need to keeping looking for a spinal specialist that can help you.

    Do you live near a major university with a medical school? They all have spine clinics and that might be a good place to start. I definitely would not have surgery with the guy you saw today.

    It would be common to have leg pain if you have a compression with the L5 or S1 nerve root.It is not unusual to have pain in both legs. Sometimes you can't clearly see what is going on with a nerve on a MRI. You might want to ask for a standing MRI if you can't find anything from a regular MRI. Sometimes it is only when the discs are weighted that a problem will show up.

    Try to get over feeling discouraged and just resolve to really do your homework and find a new fellowship-trained spinal specialst that will, HOPEFULLY, be able to diagnose you properly.
  • I just don't get it! I swear that everything that was reviewed by the mri tech(md), the doctor said that it wasn't true!!!! He just blew me off about everything. The neurosergon that I first saw told me that I don't have a big enough herniation!!!!!

    I see a pm doctor, and he can no longer help me as far as injections, ect. I feel so hopeless right now. I live in the country, and need to travel 2-3 hours just to get to a city where there is a lot of doctors(Albany). I wonder why I feel so horrible, then I just don't understand why no one wants to tell me why I hurt so bad.

    I used to hardly ever take percocet, now I take it almost daily because I hurt so much. I have always taken tramadol, but that doesnt seem to be helping much anymore.

    I just don't get it at all. I can't believe that I have to keep looking for another surgeon, I will just cry when someone actually understands me :| .
  • My back pain was caused by the three tears. Tears are very painful and I know this first hand. My ortho did a discography becasue you cant fix tears. I think that is something you need to ask questions about. Find a Dr in a spine clinic. I went to one in MPLS,MN and they were the first ones in 2 years that even got to the bottom of it. I cried many times, as no one could figure out my problems and like you was on oxycodone for pain and started fentyl patches. Keep your chin up, I had to travle 2 hours to my ortho and three hours to the spine clinic. Sometimes it pays to go to the big city. that was what gave me my life back. I think...I am still hurting from surgery, 8 weeks out. But I am confident.
  • I meant discectomy. Where he removed disks and replaced.
  • I am so glad that I am not alone with this, it is so frustrating!!!! :(
  • It definitely sounds like you aren't comfortable with this doc so I would continue to search for one that makes you feel comfortable and answers your questions instead of disregarding them. Your pain is real even if he can't see it. Having a fusion is a major decision and you don't want to make that decision if you are still uncomfortable or unclear of what to do.

    If they can't tell where the leg pain is coming from why would they want to do a fusion? I too had a minor bulge L5/S1 and the docs said it wasn't big enough to be causing pain. They didn't take me serious until I had the discogram and it was apparent the disc was bulging and causing pain. Unfortunately, the fusion didn't fix my pain and now I have pain and numbness in both legs that I didn't have before surgery.

    It is so frustrating when you are hurting so bad and you are told they don't see anything that would be causing this much pain. As if to say it's all in your head. As you said you just want to get back to the way you were and get on with your life. I've said that exact same statement for years now and it's so frustrating that I can't be like I was. I don't think I ever will. I feel my kids are the ones who miss out the most cuz I can't run around the yard with them like we used to or go on long walks or hikes in the woods. We didn't take a family vacation to the beach this year cuz my surgery was in july. I feel like I am the one holding my family back from having fun.

    I hope that you find a surgeon that answers all your questions and validates your pain.

    Please feel free to pm me anytime.
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