So I went for a third opinion today after the first neuro said I needed a three level fusion but he didn't want to do it, and the second ortho said no way. So the third opinion is to get another type of shot which I of course forgot the name of. So that leads me to question #1............He said that it would be differant from my epidural because he would go in from the side. He also told me I needed to be in pain the day off, so as he does the procedure he will be able to know whithin 5-10 minutes if it helped. I'm pretty sure it was some type of nerve block and he did say it would be bilateral, so that sound familar to anyone?? And if so can you tell me how it went? i'm assuming this means that I won't be geting any anesethia or pain meds during the procedure since they also told me not to take any pain meds for atleast four hours befor the procedure.
Second question is, he told me that my problem is the DDD and that pretty much my discs are drying up, and as they are, my body is fighting it by developing the bone spurs. He also said that it's just a process and when my discs do finally completely collapse the pain should go away, so that is why I should just "ride it out". Does this sound right to anyone?
Third. My husband told me that the reason I dont' qualify for surgery is because my back really isn't that bad. I say it is because it's so bad that the surgery it would take is a major surgery with too many risks with a very low chance of even working! Anyone care to settle that fight ?? LOL
Fourth, I have filed for SSdI and got denied. Is it even worth my time to appeal it now. I'm off work until the first of the year, but my doc refuses to take me off any longer after that.
And Lastly, I'm on a fentayl patch which I will need to wean off of in two weeks. Any suggestions for that because the new doc was no help since my family doctor put me on it. And i really just can't afford another dr. visit right now, since I was just in there last week. Or do you think she would help me over the phone? Or should I ask my pharmaicist??
Whew, sorry i have so many question. I hate that I always clam up and forget the important stuff when I pay some doc over $300/visit!!