I've been with my Dr(Psychiatrist) for sciatica for over three years. Before going to him, my family physician was sending me to physical therapy. My family physician got me an MRI and sent me on to the PT. I did a few 6wk sessions with them, but eventually, I felt I needed a better DR. So I found this DR who is a family friend.
After three years, of doing everything he says I'm not getting any better. He keeps sending me to PT. That seems to work about as well as if I do nothing. With PT it takes me 6 weeks to recover. Without it, 6 weeks. He prescribed me massage and chiro, but I found it to be no more effective then anything else. It also took the full 6 weeks for recovery at the chiro.
I keep asking him to give me an MRI or an X-ray, but he's confident he knows what it is. As far as I know, he has never seen my MRI. Does this sound right? Why would he not want to send me? I was pretty firm last time, yet still no MRI.
I keep doing the same thing expecting different results and I'm growing frustrated. So if I were to switch to a different DR, what type of DR should I find? Another psychiatrist, orthopedic surgeon or even a neurologist?
If I do switch, will they start me all over again with PT? In other words, will I have to prove to them that PT isn't working? I'm not looking to get surgery, but there have to be some things that can be done short of surgery, correct? And if a Dr was confident that surgery would get me back the 3-4 mo a year my back is out, I'd have to consider it. I have never been presented any options, or told exactly what is wrong with me.
I am stressed to say the least. I cannot sleep, because that is when the pain is worst. I'm also 33 and have two young children. I'm missing the best part of my life because of this stupid pain.