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Should I reschedule neurosurgeon appointment?

sacramentassacramenta Posts: 16
I was wondering if you think I should reschedule my neurosurgeon's appointment.
My HMO has approved a consult with one. I get this one shot because I can not afford to pay out of pocket for another. My problem is, is that for quite a while now my pain comes and goes. At times I can literally barely walk from the back and sciatica pain. Every move is so painful. Nights are dreadful. This could last for a few days then lessen up to where I have just a moderate pain in my back and slight tingling in my leg. Just when I think I might be healed it goes in it's cycle again. No rhyme or reason. MRI showed herniation in l5-s1 with mild stenosis.
Today is one of my better days but tomorrow I could wake up and literally have trouble getting out of bed.
Is is better to go to the neurosurgeon when it is in full blown action? I fear the day when I will wake up feeling terrible pain and can not wait to go to the doctors to get some relief for those times. I worry that the doctor will treat me as if I am healed and send me on my way without any treatment. As I said, they gave me a referral for a consult so after that I don't know what they will do if they feel I don't need a specialist. Appreciate your opinions.


  • I agree with Paul. You need to see someone and as this is your only sure bet right now, I think you should. Simply having the consult will not require surgery, but may give you more information. Once you've had a chance to speak with the N.S., you may need to consider whether or not your life is being seriously impacted to the point where your quality of life is compromised. That might be a good basis on which to decide whether surgery is the right option. Good luck and stay strong! We need all the strength we can get, don't we?
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