I just joined this great community and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Allyson and I'm 32 years old. I've suffered with lower back pain on and off since my late teens. Within the past year the on and off has turned into a constant 'on'. X-rays show some common disc issues and my most recent x-rays resulted in a referral to a neurosurgeon.
I'm a little confused and frustrated about an appt with the neurosurgeon yesterday. I in no way want surgery, but the appt yesterday compared to my first appointment a few weeks ago was like night and day. Has anyone here ever felt rushed by a doctor, like you may be the last patient before lunch break or something? Sounds silly I know, but it really felt that way. The only reason it's bothering me is because 2 weeks ago, the surgeon's nurse practitioner explained to me in detail the kind of surgery I'd have and the reasons I needed it sooner than later. It scared me so I went ahead and had a myelogram w/ct, bone scan & emg.
Well during my appt yesterday, the doctor barely went over my results with me and kind of blew off the need for surgery at this time. Which is great! However, I'm haunted by the first appointment. The doctor yesterday didn't even seem to realize that I'd had some of the tests I'd had. Those tests weren't exactly fun, I would have appreciated him taking the time to go over the results with me. He did recommend more physical therapy, I'm all for exhausting all other conservative treatments before surgery. The appt just felt weird and rushed.
I'm contemplating a second opinion, however, I like that this guy is telling me I don't need surgery right now. I don't know, I guess I just want to trust that this doctor has been thorough in reading my chart, and the need for surgery I was told about at the first appt is really not necessary.
Sorry for the long post. It's just an unsettling feeling...
Thanks for reading and Happy Saturday!