I went back to my doctor today as I had given enough thought, had done enough research and got enough advice to think I should just ask a few questions and than schedule the Targeted Disc Decompression.
The weather was horrendous here in NYC today and should have saw that as a sign. My right was acting up a bit as if I do not do my stretches at min I will get some pain. So I did a few quick stretches before appt and was ready for questions.
The doctor enters the room and suddenly I feel like I am starting all over again! We go through the how you feels and I explain getting much stronger but the discomfort is always there in one form or another. He explains that my small centrally located herniation is one of the toughest to deal with as they are like pimples that will not go away. I thought at this point we talk about the procedures.
He than starts asking about my epidurals. He explains how the epidurals I had while quite effective are not the one you should have according to our research. I do not know the terms but I was having ones that would be on left and right side (trans??) but I should have a center one (col??). We have found in my case that this is the way to go.
I than said doctor you gave me script and we were ready to schedule the TDD. He says well I read your notes more and would like to do this first. Also I am not sure where your pain is really coming from as you do have some issues at L4-L5 but also some small issues in L5-S1 so I do not want to be wrong and would like to do discography before we would do it anyway. But the last time you were positive of L4-L5 and no need. His eyes light up and says well you can participate in a study where we will take plasma and collagen and you have a 2 in 3 chance of getting the study. We have found that patients are responding well to it. I was again like huh?
Than we can do the TDD he explained. At this point my mouth was wide open and I had nothing to say. As all my preparation was a waste of time...
I have had this happen to me twice now with two different docs...why? Do they just forget me? Are they in a different mood that day? I am lost for words and honestly feel like I should just continue with my PT and say screw it to all of them until I can not get out of bed!
Have you folks had this experience and can you give me some advice? I schedule the appointment for epidural later than sooner as I want to think about it.