ok, for those who do not know me, i am 39, and have had three lumbar decompressions ( laminectomy/disectomy) since 2001. the last one in 2006. I still remain with chronic herniations at l4-5 and l5-s1, and stenosis. yes the herniations encroach upon the nerve roots, which are impinged further with the stenosis.
currently, I have a PM clinic that does not believe in narcotic pain relief, and that I only see once every 4-6 months.
the surgeon that did the last 2 surgeries says there is "nothing more he can do for me".
neurologist did not see the impingment.--nothing he could do.
so I have seen a new spinal surgeon twice now. he has placed me in a tlso brace that i couldn't handle due to my body shape ( it won't stay in place)and now switched me to a corset type brace which I am to wear for a month to see how much it helps, and then possibly a discogram, or a lifetime of wearing the brace.
so, I qualified finaly for SSDI, and sent a form to the new surgeon to fill out to get some relief from student loans, and the nurse called me back to say "the dr cannot fill this out as he has only consulted with you, and is notactually treated you. he does not consider to be treating a patient until he does surgery on them."
---oh, and my primary care dr is actually a PA, and cannot fill out any such forms.
....so, sorry for the long post, but who the heck is treating me?