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Diagnosis finally after years

After dealing with dizziness and balance issues for almost 3 years, at times to the extreme. I had been found unfit for duty at work accused of being drugged or drunk. After being pulled in for alcohol and drug screen while working which I passed, I had endured nothing but accusations, whispers ect ect at work I finally just quit. I was embarrassed to say the least. After numerous falls, I finally fell that left both hands black and blue, a busted nose and needless to say hurting all over. My family Dr says she disagreed with the neurosurgeons that there was nothing wrong and sent me to a neurologist. After going thru numerous testing that appointment, 2 hours long I have learned that there are 2 arteries in the back of the neck that are responsible for balance, vision and speech that were being closed up due to osteophytes . Explains my falls, vision loss in one eye and slurred speech. Now the issue. No surgeon wants to touch me. After 8 spine surgeries, the issue is the number of different surgeons. First surgeon I fired after his wife hit him on the head with a liquor bottle and hid his insulin the morning of my surgery so surgery was canceled. I went on to find another surgeon , I did not feel comfortable with him being my surgeon any longer, he did the first 2. The second surgeon retired so I had to find another. The 3rd surgeon who performed 3 of my surgeries I feel I owe my life to but was unable to see any longer due to being out of network. Surgeon number 4 retired. Surgeon number 5 who never did any surgeries quit before I even got any test results. The neurologist has been trying for a week to find a surgeon that will take me on, he flat out stated that everyone is turning me down due to the number of surgeons I have had. He stated that if he cannot find me one this week he will admit me thru the ER and hopefully a Dr will be forced to help me. I have been warned of symptoms to watch for in case of a stroke which I am told will happen if I am not fixed. The arteries to the brain stem have to be opened up. Other then firing the first surgeon I had no choice with the others.. I was in the medical profession for almost 20 years and I do know that surgeons do not like to take on patients that have been operated on by another, but I find it hard to believe that not one will accept me as a patient. What happened to a patients well being?. We are talking of a serious issue not something that can be ignored. Needless to say I am scared. What if no surgeon can be found? Imagine knowing that you can have a stroke at any moment, talk about anxiety! What if the ER just sends me home? I am praying for a miracle that some surgeon somewhere will have compassion for my situation.


  • I'm so sorry to hear about this happening to you. I agree that all but one surgeon was not your fault, how can they blame you? It must be very nerve wracking to have to wait and see with a possible stroke if you can't find one.

    Hang in there and please keep us posted.
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    I was admitted for 24 hours and sent home, all symptoms cleared up. About 8 oclock that night the hospital ca;lled and said they found a aneurysm, you would of thought they would of seen that when they did the mri of the brain. I see my neurologist first thing Monday morning, but the hospital offered no surgeon
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