Hi everyone, new to this forum.
Just want to share a little of my expirience so far.
Have been having chiropractic for over 6 years now.
About 3 years ago my back pain switched to sciatic pain, worsening monthly.
Got a CT Scan that discovered moderately herniated disc.
Began seeing a pain management doctor, who recommended epidural injections to try to avoid surgery.
Went through the series of 3 injections over 8 mo time frame. Unfortunately I only got minimal relief, so time to see a surgeon.
Although I think it would have been better to see a surgeon sooner, I dont regret trying non-surgical options.
Here is where it gets a little seedy.
I go to see a surgeon, after an extremely long wait a doctors "assistant" ( not even a nurse ) comes in and asks alot of questions, checks my reflexes, ect.
Now keep in mind that I am a generally healthy 32 yr old male. I can stand, walk, bend, stretch, tiptoe and all that. But if I stand for more than a few minutes(which is a large part of my job), or lay down i get extreme pain from my left buttock to my toes.
Also keep in mind that I have been firmly diagnosed and referred to surgery by my pain management dr.
This assistant proceeds to basically diagnose me and set up a treatment plan of PT & oral steriods. I knew I was in the wrong place. So the dr finally comes in and is ready to send me on this treatment path. Not 1 time did the dr or the assistant say the words herniated disc! So i had to basically beg this dr to send me for a MRI to see the changes since the CT scan. I took his MRI order to another surgeon, got MRI & appt and low & behold the herniation has gotten worse, hardened, and severe narrowing has occured. 2nd dr advises MicroD.
So the point of this story is that this "assistant" & his boss would have had me do PT with a herniated disc that wasnt going anywhere. It was a cattle factory.
So always get a 2nd opinion and keep your best interests in mind when going through any serious medical procedure, many of these doctors have THEIR best interests in mind not YOURS.
L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!