I have been struggling with my back issues since 2007. We've been running on the conservative measures hamster wheel for 6 years now... and just when it seems like we're finally at a place where all the players are in agreement that we need to find a more aggressive approach so I can finally have some relief... they find I have a right carotid artery dissection. It was discovered because I passed out at work; suffered a mini stoke comes to find out-- by a different hospital system separate from the one I usually go to for my regular care. So I had to fax over my discharge papers and STROKE follow up care papers... and now I have care in two separate hospital systems and doctors bills out the wazoo between the chronic care for my back pain, migraines, and anticoagulant care (for the dissection) but what can you do? Now I sit and wait for my Spine Specialist to call me back and see if they can even see me and if they can what they can do for me... Really?? What kind of jive is this? I've been waiting all day. It's not an insurance issue because my insurance now is better than it was before when they were seeing me. I guess it's all part of being a healthy, active 31-year-old eh? And realistically, the only thing that's even remotely being treated adequately is the dissection but thank God for that!