Hi all. I am 26 and when I was 14 I was diagnosed with Degenerative Disk Disease in my Lumbar spine and I had ruptured disk surgery at the age of 15. For a few years this solved the pain/numbness problems I was having in my back. However, the past 5 years have been hell. I used to see a neurosurgeon (the same one who did my surgery) but he retired 2 years ago. He referred me to a Physical Medicine doctor within the same practice to continue seeing. I saw him several times and along with pain meds, he suggested physical therapy but insurance only coveted a small portion and I couldn't afford it. After a few diagnostic tests, he also diagnosed me with Facet Lumbar Arthritis and suggested a medial branch block which are a set of diagnostic injections designed to suggest whether burning the nerves would help. At this point he wanted to fix the arthritis problem first before dealing with the numbness and pain from another disk that was bulging. He referred me to a Pain Management doctor who did the injections over a period of 9 months and I'm scheduled for an Radiofrequency Ablasion this Wednesday. I was telling my uncle about the procedure and he became really concerned telling me to get a second opinion since I've had part of a disk cut off during my surgery and he said that bone spurs can grow in that space and cause pain. I have had an MRI over the summer and the Pain Management doctor didn't seem to see a change in the bulging. Should I request to be referred to a neurosurgeon instead of taking his word for it? Normally, I would trust him, but he's not a neurosurgeon and I want to make sure I'm doing the best thing for my body since the RFA is only temporary. Thoughts? Any help or advice is welcome! ********************************************************************************************************* Welcome to Spine-Health
One of the most important things that members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. It is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. This is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.
So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, The fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. Many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.
Here are some questions that you should answer:
- When did this first start?
. Year, Your age, etc
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- Are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
. Which doctor did you start with? Ie Primary Care Physician
. Who are you currently seeing?
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
. Physical Therapy
. Ultrasound / Tens unit
. Spinal Injections
. Massage Therapy
- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
. Summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them
. How many different tests have you had over the years? Similar results?
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
. Name of Medication
. How long have you been using this?
- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
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Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways it’s like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 08/23/15 13:34 est