I was diagnosed with spina bifida, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms, and arthritis when I was 13 years old. My doctor didn't do any more investigation into my back pain and, for the most part, told me I was faking it. I went to two more doctors over the next two years, was told the same thing, got discouraged, gave up. I started working as a mechanic shortly after, worked until 2009 when the pain got to the point where I couldn't sit, stand, or lay down for more than 15 minutes at a time. And you can forget bending or lifting, most of which I got the guys in the shop to do.
Now I am 22, have a two year old, and I can't function. My legs are mostly weak and sometimes numb, the pain is indescribable. I visited a chiropractor about a year and a half ago and he confirmed all the diagnoses that I was given when I was 13. Now I'm off to an orthopedic surgeon on Monday.
What I'd like to know is: What can I expect from this initial appointment (he has my chiropractor's records), and what do I haveto do to get a doctor to understand the pain that I'm in? It's negatively affecting my marriage, my self esteem, life in general. I mentally can't afford for the doctor to tell me I'm full of it again.
I've been suffering from the stabbing, burning pains, urinary incontinence, numbness in my lady parts (which I just recently learned was a symptom), neck pain, etc. What do I need to tell this doctor for him to take me seriously?
Thanks in advance for any advice.