Hello to all my wonderful spine health friends! I hope you are all having a great day!
I thought I would update my situation and if anyone can give me some advice on how to see a neurosurgeon asap it would be so appreciated.
My pain,weakness and numbness have only gotten worse since herniating my cervical disc months ago. Can't even open a jar with my hand.
When this first happened, I had 2 months of dr's treating me like a drug seeker and told me nothing was wrong with me, after about our 5th hospital visit, my mom and I finally convinced an ER dr to do a cat scan on me and see that I had a very large extruded cervical disc markedly impinging my spinal cord.
The first and only ns I was sent to 2 months ago recommended acdf surgery right away. But he had no experience. So I declined him as my neurosurgeon and asked my gp for another referral.
The 2nd ns called 2 weeks ago and said I couldn't even see him for an appt until the fall. So at least 6 months away. So I asked my dr for yet another referral.
Now yesterday I call the 3rd referral ns's office to ask when my appt would be and the receptionist says "you will not be able to see the ns for AT LEAST 6 mos because this is considered a 2nd opinion appt."
I then told her that this is not a "2nd opinion appt" and told her I declined the first ns due to lack of experience. She said "well then I guess you need to call your own gp and talk to her."
So, here I am 4 mos later, my life as I knew it has been turned upside down. I am still unable to care for my baby and the rest of my family and am barely able to care for myself.
Here I lay, propped up in bed, taking my pain meds like a good little soldier, just trying to get through another day.
Still waiting for an appt with an EXPERIENCED ns.
I dont understand why I am not being put in right away to see a new ns.
If anyone has any advice on how I can get to see a new neurosurgeon with some experience as soon as possible please tell me.
I am getting tired of fighting to be helped. And my elderly mother still has to live with me and take care of my baby and it's been too long and she's getting tired of staying. She lives far away and has a life of her own. I need surgery to get my life back.
Sorry for the ramble, I feel broken and I'm in tears right now.
Missy, 1 level ACDF C6/C7 Monday July 16th 2012.