Well I waited almost a month and I finally got to my appointment with a neurosurgeon. Drove an hour and a half to get there, felt like crap the whole way, and had to have other people drive me. All this to hear the same old lines and get the same lackluster treatment.
My lower back pain has been severe and debilitating for about two months now. I've lost my job and I've pulled out of Spring semester classes at my school. If I was on my own I'd be screwed, but I am lucky that I still live with my father who can support me. I can hardly do anything on my own now and the pain medications I am on take only the very edge off.
My primary doctor said there was nothing he could do as he wasn't specialized in this area, and so he sent me to a neurosurgeon. The neurosurgeon then proceeded to act like my original doctor was stupid for his recommendation and then proceeded to tell me things I already knew. I told him my thigh and groin was numb and he told me I definetly had nerve dysfunction...but then also stated that I shouldn't put faith in an MRI. The whole reason I went to this doctor was to more easily get an MRI or test to see what changes if any have taken place in my spine.
When I mentioned the report my doctor read to me about degeneration of the discs in my lower back and bulging that had gotten worse in 2007, this neurosurgeon acted like the doctor was stupid and that MRIs are unreliable and often give incorrect reports. It also deeply angered me that he stated that I was 'too young' and so the abnormalities on the MRI were unlikely. He said that MRIs can show false positives on people with healthy backs, and my point is--I didn't say this--but that I obviously DO NOT have a healthy back. I am in severe PAIN. So obviously something is wrong, and if I have nerve 'dysfunction' why wouldn't he want a test to see what is up.
So instead he wants me to come back and have an EMG or something like that, where they poke you with needles and shock to test your nerve function in extremities. Which I think sounds sort of redundant. He just came off as very dismissive of me and sort of cocky.
I'm so tired of being told I am young, and therefore somehow that means I can't in any way have this problem. I obviously have the pain so why run around in circles instead of trying to figure out WHY I have this pain. This doctor didn't even mention the medication I am on, and if I should keep taking it or if I could try something else. Do they not understand that my entire LIFE is on hold right now? That I am in pain all the time? I'm so done with being afraid of whining, and I am so passed feeling bad about this. Now I'm just angry and depressed.
I made a doctor's appointment with my primary doctor for the 1st. I guess I am just supposed to sit around and wait for all this. I'm glad everyone just assumes I have all the time in the world...