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Need a quick answer before doctor calls!

sacramentassacramenta Posts: 16
I have been suffering from sciatica and back pain for years and recently finally went to my primary HMO doctor. He told me he would send me for an MRI to check whats going on BUT he said that they may find a herniation etc. and there was nothing to do for it anyway if there was no surgery. In other words, go home and bite the bullet.
So I went for the MRI and called the office for results. The nurse was going to give me the results over the phone and then said, "I am sorry...I am going to have to have the doctor call you. Suffice to say, they found something and the doctor has to give me the results. Here is my question. He is going to call after he is finished with patient. I have a feeling he is going to tell me what I have and then tell me that there is nothing he can do and to just rough it out. What can I say to him? I want to go to a specialist if he can't do anything for me. I can't live like this. I can't take anti inflammatories due to hemmoraging from them so I am on my own with the pain. It is getting the best of me. How can I ask him without stepping on his ego? As my primary he holds my future care in his hands! Thanks!


  • Your best path is to be honest with him and let him know that you need to see if there are other options. Ask him if you can get a referral to a Pain Management Doctor or a Neurologist. If he does not help you out with a referral or some type of solution, I would recommend that you get a second opinion. Biting the bullet is not the way you deal with a herniated disc. There are several options and if your doctor is not familiar with it then he should refer you to a doctor that does.

    I hope things go well for you.

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