I had a frustrating experience yesterday, and am wondering if anyone has any suggestions. My MRI (which I wrote about in Newbie forum) basically says I have a couple of small herniated cervical disks, one with mild cord impingement. I also have a hemangioma, mild disk degeneration, osteophytes (causing minimal foramen (sp?) narrowing) and arthritis. I am 28 years old and in constant pain, so I asked my doc for a referral to a back specialist.
The nurse called, gave me a name of a spine specialist, and I made the appointment. Ten minutes later she called back and said the doctor would not approve the referral. They will not refer unless it is clear I need surgery, and, she said, I don't. It seems careless to me to deny the referral, especially when I have been in so much pain for so long, and there is something going on in my neck/back.
I do not trust this doctor...she would not refer me to an ENT when I asked, then when i finally got a referral (from someone else in her office) and I saw the ENT, I had my tonsils out the following week, and had complications, for which I ended up in a second surgery and intensive care (probably because I waited too long).
I guess, besides expressing frustration, my point is: how can a doctor deny me a referral? Is there a reason my doctor is so unwilling to refer? I know I could get a second opinion, but it is not easy to go through the steps of finding a new doctor. I am in my second round of PT, and this time am doing cervical traction, so I am hoping to find relief that way...
Thanks for any insights.