So it's been a little while. Things were good. Then bad. Then worst. Was able to start part time work with the warmer spring days. But with work came more pain. Eventually had to see a surgeon. Have seen him twice. First visit I had to convince him I was in ACTUAL pain and brought my massive stack of medical records. No problem. I'm obviously not there because I just want the pills. ( I don't want any pills if possible. Trying to FIX my back pain, not cover it up ) . So that part was easy. But right away he suggests injections. But wants an MRI to be sure of what he believes to be facet joint problems. Sounds good to me. I get the MRI.......... This is where things get frustrating and I already lost my trust in a doctor I've only seen once.
I see him again for my return visit to review the MRI results. He doesn't look at the scans... At all. He reads the report that the radiologist has prepared from the hospital and tells me he wants to do the injections even though there is no mention of facet joint problems. HOWEVER, the report did say this....
- moderate sized central disc protrusion of l5-s1
- postoperative changes to fusion of s1-s2 with osteophyte formation, canal narrowing, mild anterolisthesis and disc bulging
- postoperative changes to laminectomy
These were comparisons made from last years MRI.
So even though nowhere in the report mentions facet joint problems, he still wants to give me injections. And without actually looking at the MRI scans himself to boot. I'm getting impression that he wants me to have injections, if that doesn't work THEN he will look into my case. Even though there is no current evidence showing that is the problem.
I guess what I heading towards here is has anyone heard of such a shoot first, aim later practice? This is supposed to be one of the top pain management surgeons around and he's giving me this half-azzed doctoring and it's very depressing. He was my last resort. I have no one else I'm able to see that my insurance will cover.