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miss grumpymmiss grumpy Posts: 107
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Matters of the Heart
why cant my gp just explain what is going on with my cervical spine, instead of just smiling pleasantly and saying we need to get the results of the nerve tests now we have the results of the scan then we will know more. and the physio says "your consultant doesn't know why you only had one level fused when you needed two, and you have arthritis affecting the nerve routes all down the left cervical spine".and i say but what about working, and they say !why arnt you working" and i say !because im in so much pain, cant raise my right arm and my grip is so clumbsy and weak, im tired from the pain and from the drugs to help stop the pain,(which dont work.) and for heaven sake cant you fix me and stop this pain!" and they say "oooohmmm cant real help you till the results are back" big cheeeesy grin. i wanna knock out their teeth! "be a couple of months!" grinnnn.
Sorry folks just had to get it of my chest. x x
Tina .... :D :D :D :H bye


  • Hi Tina I recentley went through the same problem you did with no answers, getting further testing ect. I finally consulted with another doctor that affirmed my issues immediately and is attempting a "game plan" instead of not giving me answers. The original surgeon didn't want to admit his mistake therefore I had no answers and they passed me off to pain management within their practice. Since they weren't in my surgery or knew what went wrong they didn't have correct answers. In my particular case the surgeon FORGOT a piece of disk when performing a fusion in my lumbar spine. It reherniated. The surgeon that performed the surgery knew this was the case because after consulting with the new surgeon I pulled my medical records and MRI's and CT scan's that revealed the disk. As the new surgeon found right away where the reherniation was on my MRI DVD I brough into him, it is at the nerve root where they performed surgery and the CT scan from June of 2010 said the same thing. That I had a reherniation. It was 6 months after the fusion surgery. He could have fixed it then if he would have fessed up to me. The only thing I can think is he was afraid to confess because of possible medical malpractice suite. Hey all I wanted was to get well, had they fixed it back then I'd not have been through 2 years of more destruction, pain and body altering meds. His pain mangement team wanted to implang a spinal cord stimulator as a treatment, had I went through with it I may have never found out why I has having all the issues I was.

    My advice through all this (BTW thanks for reading this far LOL) Is PLEASE get a second opinion or third. Take the actual test you've had (not report) but CT Scan DVD or MRI DVD to another doctor that's highly rated and patient recommended. I found my new doctor on the healthgrades and vitals where patients talk about their take on the surgeon or doctor. I'd have to say had I not gone for the other opinion I'd be rather hopeless (at least that's how I was beginning to feel)

    Now the new doctor provided me with access to an anestesiologist that gave me a transforminal selective nerve root block. He said if that helped, he would be able to go in and get the offending disk off of my nerve root. It worked like a CHARM it was the 1st time in years I've felt that good. I have hope finally.

    Step outside of the box of doctors you're using if you're still in pain and don't have answers. I thought my surgeon was SO good, he has some of the top ratings here in my state. But even they can make errors. Additionally they have much more to lose when they have such a good reputation and are less likely to make their errors known.

    Wishing you well, and able to find another doctor to look at your diagnositic information and exam you to give you a sound answer and plan in getting you back to a functioning level, best wishes.
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