After getting an Epidural Injection last week, 2 MRI's and Ongoing Low Back Pain for 7months. My MRI reports Confirm Degeneration of my Facet Joints. The Pain Dr. (who referred the Epidural Injection) said you have Degenerative Arthritis of your Facet Joints. I'm 31 yrs old and want to be in the best Care for my Future Treatment.
Today I sent the Rheumatologist an Email. Please Note I only seen her once before.
I said Hello I that I wanted to update her on my Condition, (Thinking she would be the Dr. I would see for ongoing Treatment) I explained after 7months I was still in Pain & getting Progressively worse. I advised I just got an Epidural and will continue on a good Physical Therapy Program, but if my Pain dosn't improve in a couple of months I would like to see her for a Follow Up appt.
She emailed me back stating "I'm sorry your still in Pain & you should continue with Physical Therapy to try to lose some Weight but I really don't think theres anything more I can do for you, so I don't think a follow up appt would be necessary. You are now in the care of the Pain Mgmt (Spine)Dr. I also think you will improve your Condition with Diet an Exercise and it's better if you don't Rely on Pain Medicine."
I feel really really Confused and a bit insulted. First of all I within these 7months I have been trying to lose weight bcs I know that puts pressure on my back. (I lost 15lbs so far). I just thought she could help me with my Arthritis of my Facet Joints. I have Good Insurance and with a Well Known Commercial Hospital.
Previously before seeing her I asked my Primary Dr. to Refer me to a Rheumatologist for my Condition. When I seen the Rheumatologist it was more like an interview to see if she would accept me as a New Patient. She asked me Questions and listened to me,*she put me on Relafin (NSAID) for the Inflammation & would folow up in 3weeks with me. She Phoned me & advised me to continue with Physical Therapy. That was That!
It was the Neurologist who Refered me to the Pain Mgmt Dr.(so called Spine Specialist) for the Epidural Injection.
When I seen the Spine Specialist she was more like the Pain Dr. to me, She said your here because the Neurologist Referred you, She asked abt my Symptoms & also said "it sounds like your muscles are acting up & I should start a good Physical Therapy Program. We also agreed to do an Epidural (She sent me to a Dr. who did the Epidural)
OK Ok here is my Question..
Which Dr. is Better and more Helpful for my Condition: Arthritis of my Facet Joints??
The Rheumatologist says theres nothing more she can do for me??