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First visit to Neurosurgeon

Nana ShanNNana Shan Posts: 36
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Spinal Stenosis
My first appointment with a Neurosurgeon is on Nov. 28th. I have been waiting for 4 months to see him. After many years of struggling through back pain this past year has been the worst for me, the pain in my legs got so bad I could not walk. Even after much PT, CT, and acupuncture and massage therapy, so I have been on medication just to get through the day be able to go to work, stand up straight and live somewhat pain free.
This may sound like a dump question but should I slow down on my medication a couple of days before this appointment to determine my current pain level?
Will the specialist need to know this?
What else should I expect or need to know about this appointment. I have my x-ray and CT scan for him and I imagine he will send me right away for an MRI. I have gathered a list from this great website of questions to ask should he recommend surgery or other because I am not jumping into anything quickly.
I have to drive 4 hours to get to his office so that’s another issue.
So, as you can tell from this post I am a little nervous about this long awaited appointment. :SS :SS :SS
Nana Shan


  • I hate to sound so....negative but I would say yes.

    Its unfortunate that you would have to be in pain for your condition to be believed...but sadly that can be the case.

    I just saw a spine surgeon a few days ago...and he had the MRI or my stenosis/DDD right in front of him but he told me that I was fine since I could get up and down off the table.

    Go figure.

    Then again..a 4 hour drive in pain won't be fun.

    Either way...I wish you luck.
  • Thanks Tiffany:
    I started to slow down on my medication and I am feeling great! Figures just when I finally get my appointment. These nerves are playing with my head. ~X(
    I have heard that before though about not being in obvious pain or discomfort and therefore not getting the care or treatment you require. What else is the doc going to ask me?
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  • Thats great that your feeling so well! :)

    Well if you get a doctor like my last, he wont ask you much! Haha.

    Other surgeons I have seen ask pretty generic things. What produces your pain, how bad, what makes it better/worse. Things along those lines. The lovely back exam is always fun. Leg lifting, standing on toes/heels. Checking reflexes and MRI or other films. Just pretty generic stuff from my experience. About medications and things, work, life, psychological stuff sometimes too, depression and things.

    Hope you get a good doc and hope he can help you out!

  • A pain diary is a great way of logging down how you feel on a daily basis. Then by showing it to the doc, the doc can see that even though you may be feeling good today, that 3 weeks out of 4 your pain levels are astronomical.

  • I would think that would be a personal choice.Whenever I am referred to,or go to a specailist,I continue with my daily regimine of pain medications.IMO the Dr would know that the medication helps my pain and would not expect me to suffer needlessly just so that I would hope to be believed about my pain levels.

    Are there any times when you feel your pain or do you medicate around the clock? I don't medicate 'round the clock so I know my pain levels-or thereabout-are generally worse whenever I wake up(that is IF I slept).Also whenever the clock runs down and it's time to take my meds the pain is already getting bad.I don't usually let it get the best of me,but there have been times when I could not medicate..so I generally have an idea of how I feel without medication.

    You do what is best for you of course,but in my opinion,if a Dr did not believe me I would not want him/her to treat me anyway.

    I wish you the best with your appt. :)))
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