Hi spiney pals! I have a quick question for those who have ever been ref'd by their GP's to another NS for more opinions...what do I say to him when he asks (as I'm sure he will) "Why are you here today?"
Quick background: my GP initially, 3 yrs ago, ref'd me to the 1st NS who did my 3 surgeries & is comfy w/ his expertise (as am I) but since I have so many on-going issues (tingling, numbness, weakness in legs, burning pain below fusion area, still take daily dilaudid for all this + valium, which she RX's) she suggested seeing this other NS "just so we can know that nothing is amiss, that these issues are benignly chronic.." etc. She knows I don't want any invasive procedures at this time, but still feels it prudent to get another opinion on my pain, etc.
Do I say that to him? As in "My GP wanted me to see you b/c she wants to know if this stuff is just fusion-fall-out, chronic nerve damage, etc---what my other NS said.." or is that "leading the witness" & being insulting to the new doctor?? (As instructed, I sent him my latest post-fusion x-rays & MRI CD's along w/ the OR reports etc. so he'll have a pretty good idea of my condition b4 I see him, I would suspect.)
I haven't seen a new doc in over 3 years & just not sure what to say/do. I mean, he might be perplexed as to WHY I'm there at all...! I'm not looking for surgery, nor even asking for treatment..just his opinion. Is this a common thing to do?
Gwennie, you're so good at "translations"! What are your, & others', thoughts? I'm perfectly willing to stay like this, so long as things don't get worse. I have good days. bad days, just like everyone else. But I can still walk, work & get around. Am I wasting his time? Would he think that? (After all, he IS a surgeon...)
Thanks in advance for any insights/suggestions!