Hi all! I was wondering if any of you have had any experience at being your own health advocate? For the past 4 years, I have had severe back pain that keeps getting worse and is ruining my quality of life. A couple months ago, I took some advice from some of you on here
, and ever since then, my standard of health care has gone up 75%! I never heard of a discogram before, and was suprised this was a test that had not been offered to me, even though I have had every other test known to man. So, I brought it up with my regular dr at my last visit.(She didnt really know what it was) My recent MRI didnt show much except facet arthrosis, but nothing is explaining the severe pain and muscle weakness, so I asked her if I could have a discogram before my surgery referral Nov 3rd. She said she would find out if they do them here and get back to me. Well, I called the hospital personally after not hearing from her for a week, and spoke with a radiologist who says yes they do them. I left my dr a message with all the info the radiologist left me. She called me back the next day and said she wasnt sure if she could refer me because only orthopedic surgeons can do so. So, I called the OS Im going to see in Nov, and he said he cant refer me since Im new patient, but it would be a great idea to get one done. I then call my Dr back and tell her that she shouldnt have any problems scheduling me one because the OS wants one, but cant refer me. She said ok, (she's kinda spacey but very nice) I then gave her the fax number to the radiologist I spoke to and his number, and today I got a call from radiology with my discogram appt scheduling! I) Exhausted now from all the phone calls and talking and convincing, but well worth it. I commend any of you who take care of your own health care! =D> On a side note, I really hope this discogram can back up my case for the cause of my pain, fingers crossed!
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