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Physical Medicine specialist?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Pain Management
My Surgeon is not taking good care of me and refuses to refer me to physical therapy (says I should do my own regiment based on pre-op PT two years ago). Also will not refer me to a pain management specialist. L5-S1 fusion done 5+ months ago and still in a lot of pain. I made an appointment with a specialist in physical medicine (only thing I can do without referral), does anyone know anything about these types of Dr’s?


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,839

    That is so WRONG!
    You are in pain and you want to seek additional information, second opinions, etc and the doctor has refused you!
    Based on what? They (doctor) says you should be fine and thats that! Well, as so many of us know that Aint the way it always happens.

    I would just collect all your medical records and diagnostic test results and go see your Primary Care Physician. Explain your situation to them and I would find it hart to believe if the PCP also took that same attitude.

    Go find another doctor who is willing to work with you A doctor may think you should be fine according to the "text book" situation with you, but as we all know, not every situation can be marked up as text book. Reality is so much more important.

    Good Luck!!
    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
  • that is messed up. He isn't you and doesn't know how you are feeling - even though you are telling him!! Sounds like one of those doctors who thinks since he operated on you, you should be 100% cured. What a quack! Hopefully you have a good relationship with you primary care doctor, I do, and she is my backup in case I get in a bind.

    Good luck!
  • Is that the type of doc he wants you to see? They're a combination of medical doctor and physiotherapist; the guy I saw basically dealt with methods of pain control, but never really got into anything more than that.

    Sorry to hear about your "surprise"....yikes!! Nothing like getting more (or less) than you expected in a surgery - that's awful.

    You are the patient, so YOU have to be your own advocate - good luck!

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