Hello everyone, I am new here and am so very grateful for this forum! I wanted to ask my very first question here on SH and am hoping for some responses on how to handle this situation. I have recently had an MRI run and results show DDD of the entire spine, disc herniation at T7-T8 level that is pressing on the spinal cord. As well, I have a disc herniation at T5-T6 level with more minimal compression on the spinal cord. I have prominence of the central canal and lower thoracic spinal cord at T11-T12 and T12-L1 levels.
This past October, I had a fusion surgery of my C3 through C6 and have been helped very much by that last surgery. Here is my dilemma... I requested a referral back to see that neurosurgeon who had done my neck surgery to ask him about the problems in my thoracic spine. But I have also been referred to another neurosurgeon for a second opinion. I have both appointments lined up and I get a phone call from the nurse for my original surgeon who did my neck. She told me that BEFORE the surgeon will keep the appointment with me, he wants to see/review the notes from the office visit that I have with the suregon I am seeing for a second opinion!!
Does anyone else here feel that this is a request that SHOULD NOT be made by the original neck surgeon? I mean, after all, I want INDEPENDENT, NON-BIASED opinions....not the surgeon reading what his "competition" has to say about how HE would deal with my severe back problems! I want both surgeons to look at the evidence and give me their OWN opinion! Am I over reacting to this strange request? Has anyone here had this type of thing happen to them?
Thoracic surgery is a very rare and difficult surgery after all....I don't think I am asking too much to have un-biased opinions but perhaps others of you have experienced this kind of thing as well.
Thanks everyone, and I am sure grateful for a group of people to talk with about spinal issues. Great to find this site!