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nobody is listening to me!

2 years ago i had a lumbar discetomy.i had suffered badly with left leg and back pain ending up with me not able to walk.the surgery went well but i was left with no feeling in my left leg,weakness and lower back pain and terrible nerve pain in my buttocks,leg and sometimes my arms.recently i had an accident at work which caused a flare up of all my pre op symtoms but this time i have issues on my right side,leg which i never had before.my doctor refferred me back to my neurosurgeon for an MRI scan who fobbed me of to his physiotherapist who after tapping me with a reflex hammer a few times decided i didnt need to be scanned and that a short course of physiotherapy would do the trick.ive had weeks of physio now with no effect and seen a back pain specialist who said i had nothing wrong with me.Im plagued with nerve pain,struggle to get out of bed sometimes to dress,trip over my feet on a daily basis and on so many pain killers i feel sick.Ive repeatedly told my physio of my pain and symptoms but i just dont feel im being listened to.I had this happen to me the first time i was refferred to a physio before my op,the man i saw said the same as my current bps that there was nothing wrong with me and refused to send me for a scan,it was only by pure luck that the physio department was relocating and my physio wasnt sure when he could give me an appointment so grudingly sent me of to be scanned.on seeing the results phoned me to say he had already organised for my surgery without further discussion with myself as it was clear i was desperate for it,infact he was so shocked by the results he continued to phone me daily to make sure i was still upright!.I now feel im in a similar situation,i feel another MRI scan would be the quickest way to find out why im in so much pain although im certain i have another disc pressing on a nerve.has anyone else been in this situation and if so does anyone have any advice?


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  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    edited 03/24/2013 - 12:23 AM
    There is nothing worse then our Drs not listening to us. I knew something was wrong, seriously wrong. After 3 months of no one listening to me I made a appointment with my PCD and when he walked into the room my exact words to him were" There is something wrong with me and Im not leaving here until we have a plan. If you have to put me in the hospital to figure it out then go ahead but Im not leaving here until something is done" SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH ME!!!! He then took me serious and thank god he did because I had a spine infection. Be assertive and dont take no for a answer
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