I have had a lot of people who I am sure mean very well try to push me into doing things that I am not sure is necessary. My neurosurgeon says it's time to do surgery.
I tried PT and that made things worse. I did pain management and coritsone injections. That was he!! and did not help. The problem I am having is that two discs are degnerating and I am having compression on the nerve canal. This is causing numbness and pain and a whole bunch of issues for me. Pain meds make me very sleepy so I am limited on how much I can take. The PM was left scratching his head saying that my side effects were so bad that he was out of options. The PM referred me back to the neurogsurgeon and said I'm a surgery candidate. I asked the PM and my neuro about other treatment options, accupuncture, inversion table, etc, they both said it won't help.
I've researched this online to the point that I cannot read any more. Everything we have tried and the results, or lack thereof, point to the same place every time. I've read info at the Mayo Clinic website and countless others.
So many people are pushing me to get a second opinion. Driving the distance to see another doctor would cause a lot of pain. Plus I do like the doctor I have right now. I've heard lots of good things about him and am comfortable with him. My hubby is going with me tomorrow to discuss where we go from here and meet the neuro.
Do I politely tell everyone thanks but no thanks? Or do I attempt to get in to see another dr? The neuro was upfront in the beginning and said that he did not want to do surgery on me (I'm too young at 40). If surgery is the way to go, I want to do it in January since my MIL will be here to help with my kids. The really good neuros within an hour drive are usually booked pretty solid for at least 6 weeks to see a new patient.
IDK what to do. Advice? Suggestions? thanks.