Over the past year I've made countless doctor visits and had many procedures done. Only one procedure was effective, my very first ESI. My frustration has been growing and I have been worsening steadily...slowly until December but at a quicker pace since then. My PM doc told me last month that he had exhausted all of the things he could do and he was referring me to see a surgeon. The first visit was with an orthopedic surgeon who was validating my parking when he walked in the door. He told me that mechanically I was fine and no surgery would be beneficial. Needless to say I scheduled a second opinion.
Yesterday I saw a spine surgeon who agreed my previous MRIs and x-rays showed everything to be normal. Then he said something that surprised me. I've dealt with this long enough, time to get serious about finding the cause. We then spent 2 hours (!!!!) discussing all the previous procedures and exactly what affect they had. Then we did a bunch of neuro tests. At the end of the visit he is not convinced the problem is my lower back and has ordered an MRI of my thoracic & cervical spine and brain. He did find some abnormalities in some of my tests and started asking if I had a brain injury in the past. He then put someone else off next week so I could see him again.
Now I'm a bit frightened as things have moved from focusing on chronic lower back pain & sciatica to my brain as a source of neurological issues. Holy cow, I don't even know what to think! Has anyone else gone through anything similar? Or even had things change in such a drastic manner?