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going for 4th opinion tomorrow

dmoonchildddmoonchild Posts: 383
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi everyone, I have my appointment at a very prestigious Univ tomorrow and Im scared to death, My husband is coming with me thank goodness, can anyone suggest any question I can ask?


  • Why have you been denied surgery? What diagnostic tests have you had? Do you have leg pain? If so, have you had a discogram? MRI's don't show everything. If you have leg pain and no one can give real answers, I'd ask about a discogram. It hurts like hell but is considered the gold standard by many neurosurgeons to help diagnose what levels are pain generators with nerve root compression. The dye lights up those discs and shows so much more than MRI.

    I really don't know much of your story, don't know what to tell you. I would ask, "If I were your sister, what would you recommend?" if the doctor gives you several options.
  • the dr said WOW you have alot of things going on in 4 different levels. We wouldn't even know where to begin. So first he ordered another round of MRI's, cervical, thoracic and lumbar. then he wanted the results of my emg ( that I was never given the results of. he also said my reflexes were way off base. something was definitely wrong. He said he will also want to do a disco gram to find the main pain.He said is all honesty, it doesnt look good. but we will try.
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  • I'm glad that you found someone who will listen and wants to isolate your pain generators. Yeah, you might have a lot of things wrong, but at least this guy wants to figure it out for you!

  • dmoon,
    I just want to applaud you for seeking more opinions.
    I believe that there is always a solution out there somewhere. Just gotta go get it.

    I really like what ernurse says about the "if it was your sister" line of questioning.

    Ask where incisions will be made, what things will be cut, what things will be done in the o.r. , what are possible contingency plans for when he is operating and finds that things aren't what he thought they were, if he and his staff will be there for you afterwards.

    gGoodluck and let us know what happens.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
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