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Its only a six letter word but it carries more meaning and weight then many other words in the dictionary.

I read many threads where members are asking if they think it is ok to have such and such procedure done and if its ok to do this or that.

We all understand people are looking for answers. The correct place to get those answers come from your doctors. This is just a reminder that there is no one on these forum site that is medically qualified or trained to provided medical answers. At best, members respond based on their own personal experiences. The main site (the main menu tabs (Conditions, Treatments, etc) have all the formal medical articles, videos, etc that were created by doctors and spinal specialists. I know at times this gets confusing. Spine-Health really has two major parts.. The medical side and the forum side (what we are discussing and posting now)

It is also very understandable that when you first have spinal related problems, you are scared, worried, in pain, not sure what to do, where to turn. So when you go see the first set of doctors and start to have diagnostic tests done, there is so much being thrown out you. Medical jargon, words and phrases you never heard before. Its like a rapid fire barrage. Its almost impossible to soak it all in. Its good to have a pen and paper so you can write things down and its even better to bring someone with you, an extra pair of ears is always good.

But even then, the understanding may not be passed forward. I believe in the medical field, but I also know that there are many doctors that do not take the time to properly communicate to their patients. Its almost like a rush rush and out of there approach. Like many, we can be intimated by that approach, so we wind up leaving the doctors office with a lot of unknowns and questions. So, we come to Spine-Health to get those answers.
We can provide information on so much, but there is a limit what we can do here.

Establish trust with your doctor is so key. That might mean initially to tell the doctor to slow down, you do not understand every thing they are saying. A good doctor will step back and try to explain things so that you can understand.

When that starts to happen, a bond of Trust begins. From there it will continue to grow so that there is always effective two way communications and confidence.

Then when you come to Spine-Health, instead of asking a questions

Is it ok to have this and this done?

, it will be more like

This is my current situation, ABC, my doctor tells me that the best approach will be to have XYX done. For those members out there who have similar situations, what was your experience? how was the recovery? how are you doing now?

As you can see then it becomes much more effective for the person asking the question and easier for the person(s) responding.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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