Like many of you I am frustrated by the answers I get form doctors. I am beginning to believe none of the know much of anything when it comes to spine problems. he science seems lacking at best and the reported outcomes do not seem to jibe with what most patients say.
I for one am sick of the double talk and being told I should not be in pain and other crap like that.
I have problems from C3-4 to ^C6-7 with C5-6 being the worse.
I have ddd at all levels and some foraminal stenosis at all levels. There is compression at C5-6 nerve root and contact with the cord. I suspect that C5-6 is the main culprit. Doctors give me dumb looks and vague answers. I only wish they could feel my pain for a few years.
They are talking about doing RFA. I was on this site and RFA seems to be a very bad thing. About 6 people reported bad stuff and no one reported anything good. That makes sense because burning a nerve sounds pretty stupid to me. It sounds barbaric and unscientific. What the MD tells you and what really happens are often 2 different things.
I asked about ADR for C5-6 as I know 5 people who have had fusions and only one had a good outcome. I have seen fusions done and i lookk more like carpentry than cabinetry. The doc I saw does not to ADR and says that ADR's over rotate and that will make things worse although he did not say why.
I asked him about cleaning the bone growth out of the foraminal spaces and he said that if he did that they bone would grow back even worse. Is that true? That is what LSI does. I contacted them and they sounded too much like a sales pitch and a fast food surgery franchise.
I was told many years ago that traction does not cuase reducibility of a bulging disk. I think that may have been a lie. http://radiology.rsna.org/content/225/3/895.full
I looked into non surgical decompression but that sounded like a scam although there are 5 people in my area doing it. 3 are DCs and two are MDs. I looked for unbiased data on non surgical decompression and could find none. I did speak to a DC who showed me an MRI of one of "his" patients who had an L-5 herniation totally resolved but when I did more research I saw the same MRI on a DXR 9000 site, so he lied.
I am fed up with the dog and pony show. I want real data from real studies. I want medicine to enter the 21st century.