I finally got the results from my new cervical and lumbar mri's and the neurologist upset me by just reading the reports and not even looking at my films after he insisted that I bring the films so he can interpret them for himself.
I have multiple levels of arthritis and facet joint arthropathy, herniations at C4-C5, disk bulge at C5-C6, herniation at T12, enhanced fibrosis at laminectomy site (L5-S1) and within the spinal canal adjacent to S1 nerve root and bulging disk at L4-L5.
I have severe pain every day and have been searching for answers and a fix to my problems. Neurologist refuses to give me anything for pain saying that narcotics just cause more problems. So he has referred me to a rheumatologist and says I need a complete work up from him and go from there. He has also referred me to PT 3 x a week and I can return to him (neurologist) in 6 weeks if I feel the need to.
I don't know about some of you, but I feel like I just get tossed from one specialist to another and all of this takes time, it's weeks between appointments and in the meantime I am no better and always have pain and I am very frustrated. My hip pain is getting worse and the neurologist thinks that my hip pain is causing my leg pain and not my lower back and no one has mentioned my neck pain, just deal with it I guess.
So I have an appointment Tuesday with rheumatologist and we will see what he says.............and so the story goes!!
Sorry folks just venting and wondering if a rheumatologist has helped anyone else out?