I went to my Dr. to get a referral to my 4th Orthosurgeon in 2 years and 3 months and she was really annoyed that I wanted another referral after 3 Surgeons have already told me no to surgery. I said well it's been over 2 years and tried all conservative treatments I thought I would get another opinion. She says well usually that's why there's pain Management Drs for people who don't qualify for surgery.
I bet if it were her in pain 24/7 she would have lots of opinions..Just needed to vent as this bothers me. She says usually people only have 2 opinions but you've had 3 already. This is the last one I said fine. She said Surgeons are so busy and have to review all your tests etc. and lots of people haven't even had their first opinion and they have to wait.
I said so in my case now I have to collect my reduced work pension and Government pension plan now at 50?
I was lucky to see 3 of course after long waits and the first 2 Orthos I went to was examined by the fellow and not the Surgeon I waited so long to see and the next gently touched my back and asked"Do you feel pain here?" No other exams. The Neurosurgeon was okay but still disappointed with his exam, reading paperwork instead of looking at the films. I give way better exams then the Docs I've seen so far.The new Ortho I'm seeing did surgery on a friend just shaved the discs with spurs and minor disc problem and he's normal working and that now. I'll stop the referrals after seeing him.
I've heard after all conservative measures are tried and the pain is keeping you from working or doing normal things you should get help. Now feel like blah of course I don't want to take up the Surgeon's time when there's others out there who are waiting to see a Dr. Thanks if you got this far reading. Charry
DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN