Just wanted to say that this my first time posting here. I was diagnosed with DDD almost 2 years ago - it took my family physician months to order an X-Ray, and another 9 months to get into physio. After months of physio, they finally released me and asked that my Doctor order an MRI and refer me to a neurosurgeon as the physio was not helping the pain at all. I'm finally going for an MRI this evening and will hopefully get some answers. I live in a small town with small minded Doctors who would rather just write a script for pain meds then actually refer you to a specialist. I did ask to see a specialist, but was told that he might consider that only after my MRI.
I had to quit my job because I could not sit for any length of time, could not file for more than 5 minutes at a time and was made to feel like I was utterly useless by my co-workers. I can't get disability because my doctor refuses to fill the forms out...and I feel like nobody is listening to me!
There, I feel much better getting some of that off my chest.