So I just found out today that my doctor, who was conviced my neck pain was "no big deal" never even looked at my MRI!! I called her to get the MRI films for an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon next week. Her nurse called me back to tell me I have to get the films from the place I had the MRI done because my doctor never got the actual MRI, she only got the "findings" from the technician at the facility I got the test done at. I feel like someone who went through a 12 month certificate program at a community college diagnosed me!!
My only saving grace is that the ortho wants them in my hand when I walk into his office next week.
Is that common for doctors to never see the actual films from these kind of tests?? Seriously, I have been suffering with this pain for 3 years and this was my second opinion doctor...my first doctor sent me for an x-ray and never looked at it either, he just read that my disc space was good...but my physical therapist said that you can't tell much from x-rays. That is why I left my first doctor, I thought he was being very complaicant with how he handled my x-ray.
I want to be a doctor if all I have to do is regurgitate what someone else says is a diagnosis.