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I am so upset, any inpiut would be great

HeidiLynnMHHeidiLynnM Posts: 445
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello everyon :H .

I went to a neurosergon today finally. This is the first one I have seen so far. First off, he had no bed side manner. He didn't seem to care about how I felt either(pain level, ect.). Well, he looked at my films and showed me what was wrong. I have a herniation at L5 S1, and a annual tear along with like the disk hanging off to the side?! Okay, I already knew this. Well, I told him that I have severe leg pain in both legs, he said there is no reason for me to have that with both legs :T :T :T .

I told him that I have lower back pain, always have for 2 years now. I told him that I seem to get a lot of pain in the lower hip area on both sides too. He told me that he doesnt see any reason to help me without proof that I have severe nerve damage. I have had a emg, he didnt have the report. He said that he will request it. Mind you, that emg is almost 1 1/2 years old.

He said that I may have problems with my hips and it may not even be my back!!!!!!!!!!!!! ~X( ~X( ~X( ~X( .

I wanted to give that man a sucker punch, I was almost in tears, I wanted to run away and scream. He told me to go get xrays on my hips, buttox,ect. and he will get the emg results from ages ago and he will call me.

I am so upset, I hurt so much. :''( :''( . I even told him that I wanted to cry, and he just went along talking. He didn't even seem to care that I was in pain. He told me that for him to do surgery on me may not be the answer. He said that my herniation doesn't seem so large to him :O :O.

I have been going through so much crap with my back over the last 2 years that I can't take it anymore. I have even had non invase surgery for this. This is a work comp case, and I feel like I am about ready to give up and settle with them. I feel like I will just suffer for the rest of my life, and no one will believe me except my pm doctor that has been treating me for over a year.

Should I seek another opinion? Should I just live with this? I can't work because I cant sit for 8 hours, or even stand for that amount of time. He kept asking me if i am working, I swear I told him NO like 3 times that no one will hire me with my injuries :T :T :T :T . I also tried to tell him that my back has gotten a lot worse from the older mri. I swear, maybe I am losing it or I will lose it soon :''( :''( .

Please, any and all input would be wonderful. I just don't know what to do........


  • Hi

    My spine specialist is an ortho.

    From the sound of your post I would get someone else to look at your case.

  • that a doctor would tell me all of this? I don't understand why he had no mind to pay attention to me at all, I just want to cry, thanks for the input.
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  • I agree, you should seek another doctor for another opinion. I would also complain about this doctor's bed side manner. They get pain an ungodly amount of money for what they do the least they can do is be understanding and respectful.
  • I am 64 years old.

    A good 50% of the doctors I have encountered act like jerks.

    Put your energy into finding a Dr you feel comfortable with....if your insurance allows.

  • that you had such an arrogant doc! It really is not unusual for a specialist to have an attitude like this but I certainly would not give them my business. I have seen very good docs that have no bedside manner and do not have good communication skills. I do know that an annular tare all by itself can be very painful and most surgeons will not do surgery for this. I know this because I have met 3 people in my state on this forum that were dealing with excruciating pain from annular tare and their surgeons would not operate. They ended up going to my PM and having endoscopic MicroD and laser surgery just like I did. Surgery holds no guarantees though and lots of times even makes the pain worse. There are lots of us that are not surgical candidates and must rely on PM to help control our pain. I know that this is not what you wanted to hear because we all just want to be fixed. You really should get at least one more opinion though. I am really sorry that this was such a let down for you and maybe another surgeon will have a whole different opinion. Good luck to you and please keep us posted.
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  • I am glad that you know that a lot of them are jerks ~X(
  • Sorry to hear you were treated this way :(

    Was there a reason you saw a neuro rather than an ortho? Just curious.
    I would agree with the others, try to get a 2nd opinion. It is useless to work with a doctor whom you do not trust, and with whom you cannot establish a good relationship. Just my $.02.
    Jan 2009 L5-S1 ALIF
    May 2017 ALIF L4-L5 with PLF rods added L4-L5-S1
  • I am not sure why I went to see a neurosergon?! :? :? :? :? :? I was referred to this one from my pm doctor. What is the difference in the two? I swear that this doctor did not care how I felt at all, I wonder if I should go get the hip x-ray for hees and hawws?
  • Go to an Ortho if it is at all possible. I hear so many stories like yours and it just ticks me off to no end. I recently went to a Neurologist about some new excrutiating headaches I've been having since my wreck. He basically did a sobriety test on me. Asked me NOTHING about having been ran over by a semi. Didn't listen to one word I said to him when I told him I know what a migraine feels like and this aint it. Told him my MRI showed a Chiari 1 Malformation and do you know what he did? Told me I was having a migraine and gave me a prescription for Topamax (which I refuse to fill because of the side effects) and told me to come back in 6 weeks if I didn't feel better. Heidi go google Chiari I Malformation. I swear it will scare the living daylights out of you.
    I really believe that doctor's who have titles that begin with an N really could care less. I'm sorry for any NS reading this but this is just my opinion which I'm entitled to.
    GO SEE AN ORTHO! PRONTO! You've lived with this long enough. Does WC make you go see this quack? If you need money to go see an Ortho you just holler honey and we'll take up a collection for you. You've got kids to take care of and I know your husband isn't well either. It's time for you to do something radical. We're here for you. >:D< That's for having to put up with such a jerk.
  • Just move up here with me and I'll drive you to my doctor personally. Can you tell I'm just really p****ed at the way you got treated? I am so lucky to have my doctor. I tell him all the time how much I appreciate him because I could have ended up seeing one like the one you encountered. I am blessed and I know that!
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