I visited a neurosurgeon today about bulging discs that aren't yet operable. I didn't ask him all the questions I came prepared with because he's referring me to a physiatrist and I feel guilty asking too many "What If" questions. I did mention my occasional toe numbness, and it sounds like there will be more testing in my future.
Anyways, as someone who is starting down the degenerative road, I wanted to reach out to forum members with more experience and ask if you had/have an emergency plan. What if you experienced incontinence? What if your foot became numb? I assume that at some point surgery becomes necessary. How do you define an "emergency"?
When it comes to this area, I feel quite lost. I read stories online of people with nerve pain and function loss who regret not seeking help sooner. Yet, I have no "emergency" plan. I would make an appointment to be seen in a month or longer and seek more meds for increased pain.