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Physiatrist, friend or foe

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Today I had my first appt with an OS from the big city with hopes of an answer to what is going on with me. He seemed to think that my pain is not related to my herniated discs and foraminal impingment. Instead he was suggesting TOS, and a facet block type test as well as seeing a physiatrist.

I have read some mixed reviews on physiatrists. I would really appreciate any feedback from all of you regarding experiences with physiatrists and if they help or make things worse. Thanks.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,832
    only medical professional that has fully understood my situation. From the beginning she took total control of my problems, handled all medications, arranged for treatments, appointments with other specialists, scheduled diagnostic testing, offered non-traditional medical approaches (Deep Tissue Massage and Osteopathy Medicine). The entire time, she has always considered my feelings , how I was progressing, my good days, my bad days. I've often told her, she is a person first , doctor second.

    So, ask me, and a physiatrist saved me from many more years of just wondering around in pain
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • For your opinion. I am not sure what direction I am going in. I thought for sure this OS was going to suggest surgery as I have nerve root impingement of C5,6 with bad radiculopathy. The one thing that I was unimpressed by was that when I told him that I get my ESI's under conscious sedation his repy was that I could not handle surgical pain then. That did not sit right with me. I have had atleast two other very painful recovering surgeries on my shoulder and knee that I handled fine, also, knowing that post surgical pain is temporary and is not the same as living with chronic pain.
  • I agree with Ron. I am new to seeing a Physiatrist. Se took the time to explain my condition better than any surgeon or Dr did. Mine is also very understanding,very concerned about pain management and encourages you to call her anytime!!! I have found her to be the best Dr I have in regarding my cervical spine and myelopathy. I am glad my NS recommended her.
    Good Luck and give it a try.
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