Background: 2 microD's at L5S1 (Aug '09, Feb '10)
Result after 2nd surgery:
Reduced leg pain, increased leg strength, eliminated limp; no change to significant numbness
New Symptom: ~5 months I started with extreme pain in middle of night and upon waking when trying to move/stand. I dealt with it best I could with NSAIDs, stretching, getting up in middle of night to try to keep muscles loose.
- Called NS office. They told me have GP prescribe PT and call if it didn't work.
- GP would not send me for PT without doing new MRI. New MRI seems status quo (modic type I changes, scar tissue but all else consistent with 2 MD's)
-GP gave me choice to send me to someone he knew OR to call my NS but said keep taking NSAIDs (and gave me max dose I could take per day safely...which don't do a lot).
- Called NS office today. Reception kept pressing to go for PT before calling back. Really?
(She did say NS might just look at results if I mail them but will likely tell me try PT and if that doesn't work, he'll refer me to a Physiatrist)
So what should I do?
1 - Should I call back and just tell them I don't feel comfortable with more PT without seeing him?
2 - call my GP and tell him I need his help (he was willing to make a recommendation) and see if he says PT or Physiatrist?
I'm torn. I love my NS but he is busy and I suspect his office knows there is little he can do so trying to save us both a wasted appointment. At the same time, frustrated that I called the office twice and they are resistant to help, despite the fact that I want HIS advice.
On the flip side, I love my GP too. He is so willing to do what I want (meaning, give me the chance to connect with NS) but I suspect he knew the NS was not going to see me and he can help me navigate help through his local network.
sorry for long post.
NS is in a different part of the state than my GP.
Yeah, just worked out that way.