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I need some advice on confusing doctor visit and MRI

Laurie AnnLLaurie Ann Posts: 47
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Lower Back Pain
So I went to see my surgeon about 2 weeks ago. He tells me I have bulged disc at C3/4 above my fusion at C4/5. I asked for a copy of the MRI. When I get home I go over them, he failed to tell mr I have the same thing happening at C6/7 also. He tells me all the bones look great, spine great! He said I have done ALL i CAN. He said he fixes bones and it sounds like I have fibromyalgia.
Now yesterday I went to Pain Management Doctor, he takes a copy of my MRI. He then looks at the surgeon letter to him after my appt, nothing was mentioned about Fibromyalgia.
Then he said exactly what were yu told. So I say what I did above. He starts shaking his head, when I ask him why he says: He is passing the buck, they dont want to tell you it didnt go as planned. I said well he said it sounds like Fibromyalgia, he said actually it doesnt. he said it sounds to him that scar tissue is interfering with the nerves, secondly my neck will more than likely get worse which means a surgery in the future. I dont know if I have confidence in the Orthopaedic surgeon anymore? I am so aggrivated and overwhelmed! Does anyone who has gone through this have any advice?


  • based on what you say i wouldnt see that surgeon anymore. you need to have confidence and trust inthe surgeon you are using. you dont want confusion added to your neck troubles. i hope you find one thats direct and honest with you....pete
  • I also think you need another opinion. The best thing would be to find a fellowship-trained spine surgeon who works on nothing but spines. This wouldn't mean you need a new MRI, as I'm sure you know, you just need a spine specialist to read the MRI you just had done.

    I'd run from your current surgeon, not walk.

    Good luck and keep us posted.

  • You are fortunate that your pain management doctor suggested your ortho may have given you the wrong information. Most doctors cover each other. I agree with the above posts, find another surgeon in your area. IMHO, I prefer neurosurgeons.

    Best wishes to you,

  • I too would get another opinion. And I would most likely get another surgeon. It's so unfortunate that doctors don't care enough to really tell you what's going on. I hate it when people beat around the bush - I wish everyone would just say it how it is. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

    Keep looking, I hope you find someone you trust.
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