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shocked by what my doctor said



  • Thank you all for your support and belief in what I'm talking about. It's exhausting to have to keep proving yourself, when you know what you heard. Why would I make that up and keep "hanging on" to what gives me hope, if, in fact, I made the whole thing up. I'd be wasting my time. As back sufferers, we all know that we don't have the time to be making up things when we have other things we'd rather be doing. Personally, I'd like to get back to the things I enjoy - building, painting, going for long walks. (I'd love to go for a walk, minus the leg pain.)

    It's funny how if a doctor can't seem to find the solution, we're all-the-sudden hypochondriacs or just loving the "attention" from our conditions. Of course, this doesn't apply to all doctors, as I've seen from Zach's Dr. He's a great guy and should be an example to all other physicians to what a "real" doctor does.

    Anyways, just rambling now.

    Zach - is your bulge going down now? Do you have leg pain or no? I hope everything's slowly diminishing for you.

    Hugs for everyone here! Even with everyone in so much pain, I've never seen such a great support group!

  • You mentioned Michigan in one of your posts. I wonder if you live near the Ann Arbor area? Have you seen an orthopedic spinal specialist yet? I consulted with 8 different specialists prior to my fusion, and found much better communication with the orthos. A personal experience, I realize, but I have heard others say the same thing.

    I've had very good luck with my docs. I had fusion with one and just had some more surgery with another and neither seemed to mind.

    I haven't been on the board very long,and am not that familiar with all you've been through. However, I have responded to several of your posts and have read through others. I hope I am not saying anything upsetting, but the thought did pop into my head that you seem to be a little defensive about what other doctors will think about you. I'm just wondering if you might be a little overly sensitive and maybe even projecting what the doctor is thinking about you.

    Personally I wouldn't worry what he may or may not think about you. If your personality doesn't mesh with his, try someone else. There are many good spine specialists out there, and you certainly deserve to find someone you feel comfortable with.

    Are you working with a pain management doc at this point?

    Take good care, and try not to let this incident upset you. There's no telling why your doc said what he did and why he doesn't remember. I hope the new doctor will be able to help you.
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