I guess I need to blow off steam more than anything else: Last month, after going down a two-year long rabbithole of tests and treatments, I was diagnosed with a pars fracture at l5-s1, causing DDD, spondy, and a little bit of foraminal stenosis. The diagnosing doctor is an orthopedic surgeon, and he recommended a 360-degree fusion, with instruments, to fix me.
I just had a second opinion with a neurosurgeon who specializes in spinal disorders. He told me he questioned the initial diagnosis -- he can't see the pars fracture, would want to do more x-rays and a CAT scan of my back. Looking at the MRI,hearing my symptoms and reading through my case, he tells me that the DDD and spondy is nowhere near severe enough for surgery. He sees only minor evidence of nerve injury (I agree with him there; I think most of the weakness is being caused by some old scar tissue in my foot.)
Doctor #2 also has a reputation of being scalpel-happy, so I was surprised that he was advocating such a conservative course of action. While the doc is a UCLA grad -- and I understand that's the hot-stuff med school for spinal disorders, Doc #2 has nearly 25 years experience, seems to be well esteemed, very good reputation, etc.
(he is also telling me my SI joint problems are not the joint itself, but muscles in the area and he's recommending a shot with myofascial release massage)
So I am just out of sorts. I know the answer is to get a third opinion.
But I am confused. So tired of seeing doctors. So tired of not knowing what the hell is wrong with me.
Know what I'm talking about?