My wife's back problem started back in 99, after a disco-gram test her L5 was in bad shape a needed l5-s1 fusion and 4 months later she was back to work and no more problems until Jan.2012. Now fast forward to year Jan. 2012 same symptoms and the same DR. Her symptoms are serve pain in her lower back to point she will pass out. And to this day all the doctors said you can not pass out from the back pain. She has had several test for the fainting and all were negative.
The Dr started with PT in Jan. and that lasted about 15 minutes and she passed out, they called ems and a couple nights stay in the hospital and a MRI and the test result were negative, the dr said there was nothing wrong in her lower back. He said she had a slight bulging disc and maybe some nerve damage not sure. So he said she needed to visit HIS pain management clinic and we believed him right he is the professional Doctor. Lets move forward a little, we go to another dr for a 2nd opinion and we took the MRI from Jan. and he said there was a problem with L4, we needed a disc-gram on L3,L4. This dr said go to your dr and tell him you want a disc-gram and this was a big mistake. Dr said insurance wouldn't pay for a disc-gram test and he recommended a mil-a-gram, so we did and guess what is was negative. So 1 1/2 yrs of meds and a spinal stimulator that didnt work, so in Jun of 2013 we got s referral to another dr and he she needed disco-gram of L3-L4 and the test showed she had a full thickness tear in the L4. So now we know what the real problem is, finally. So he starts the paper work for a L4-L5 fusion with the insurance company and it was denied two different times and 6 months later still no surgery. The dr office said we could appeal and would probably would be turned down again.
So we made a appointment with the dr we went to for the 2nd opinion, he looked at the test result and with in 30 minutes he said she needs a T-Lift of L4-L5. The nurse was on the phone scheduling the pre-op and surgery for Feb 18 and fitted her with a brace. I was like how is all this going to happen in a week, what about the insurance, and he said let me worry about the insurance company and you take care of your wife and have her at the hospital on the 18th for surgery. and that how it happened. She had her T-lift just as planned, but when he got in there she has some osteoporosis and had to fuse l4-l5-s1 so it would be more secure. Its been a little over a month now and she is doing great, not on any pain meds.
The moral to this story is when you not getting the results you want from your doctor you need to move on and trust your instincts. The reason I think the first doctor did what did, he knew he would be turned down by the insurance company and he got his money through office visits and the spinal stimulator. Oh and about the stimulator they removed it during surgery.