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Need Moral Support

Hi All,

I have arrived at this site after spending the day crying and feeling completely hopeless.

I have been suffering with severe health issues related to cervical spinal stenosis for a couple of years, and recently started having almost constant dizziness, nausea, a feeling of pressure in the back of my skull, a pounding in the back of my head, and also this weird sensation that I am almost passing out - over and over again.

It has become so bad that I cannot work (I am a free lance website designer). I am almost completely bedridden,

Yesterday I paid a visit to my Physiatrist, who felt that my symptoms were clearly alarming. He suggested that I go to the emergency department and ask to be seen by a Neurologist.

After spending 13 hours waiting to be seen, I was treated in such a dismissive manner by the resident on call. He basically told me that "Patients with mental health issues can sometimes invent symptoms", and that "my symptoms did not match the physical findings of his examination". He suggested that I look into "eastern medicine". Clearly he felt I was there on an "attention seeking" mission or something of that nature.

Has anyone else had these symptoms? Has anyone else encountered this kind of treatment by doctors? I just feel like ending it all, to be honest. I can't go on living with this, and it seems like there is no medical help, at least here in Newfoundland, where I live.

Any words of wisdom or reassurance would be very much appreciated. I feel like something the doctor scraped off his shoe...


  • Hi , you're not alone. You need a plan.
    Can your GP refer you to a specialist so you can get the care you require.
    You are worth so much more than you feel right now. I don't have the health issues or symptoms that you have so I can't share a similar story here. You've come to the right place for information, compassion and support from others in the same boat.
    Don't give up looking for answers and a plan of action.
    DDD. Married,Mum of 2, Age 45: 2007 & 2008 L5/S1 Discectomy
    April 2013 L5/S1 Anterior Fusion
    & L4/L5 Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Hey I have no idea why Dr's treat spine pain so differently. I was amazed and shocked at the way I was treated by some specialists. Our spines until our lumbar spine contain our spinal cord which is our central nervous system so I just don't get why it is treated differently. I have copied a Manual from this site for you to read. I wish I had read it before I started this journey I never wanted to be on.

    I mean if you had a broken arm or leg they'd fix it and believe you about the pain. I also believe a lot of spine issues don't show up.

    I can't give you the link to the research as it's not in SH rules but I was surprised to find in some cases at least 20% of damage was not picked up on an MRI. That is a fifth of all people whose spine damage doesn't show up.

    We have prone MRI's so there is no weight bearing and for me, I think they would have diagnosed me correctly, if they hadn't just looked at the obvious crushed vertebrae, it was the one above trying to compensate for the one below that was causing all my pain. The films on upright MRI's aren't supposed to be as good but check out You Tube to see the difference.

    It's hard enough being in pain but then to be treated as a liar as well is so insulting. I had a job where I had to have a security clearance and was thoroughly checked out for work but some of the specialists just didn't get it. I never took a day off work before my accident, hardly went to the Dr, had a really responsible job. On the forum here it has been talked about that they should take into account you as a person holistically before they make an incorrect judgement.

    Spine pain is not something you can understand until you have had it. I never realised how painful it was and I would never wish it on anyone else but maybe if they had it for an hour they would understand a bit better. I'm just over specialists costing me a fortune and making incorrect diagnoses.

    Here is the copy of the manual. I would say nearly every person on this site has thought about topping themselves at one time or other, I have anyway. It took 8 years and a lot of money before I got a correct diagnosis.

    I finally was given a correct diagnosis by a sports physiotherapist who thought outside the box - so hang in there - research for yourself - think that's why a lot of people end up here and there are some valuable insights on this forum.

    There will be people here with your condition who will be able to give great advice the professionals either don't know or forget to tell you. By the way it was an intern who firstly misdiagnosed me and the problem seemed to grow from one totally inexperienced person - although the spine damage I have is not in any textbooks so I was hard to diagnose correctly. It shouldn't have been really as now I know how my spine has been damaged, it all makes total common sense.

    Please give this manual a read - it's worth it.

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