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  • Dawn,

    The new surgeon told you to wear the brace for a month and then see how it goes? So I would assume you will be following up with him? You mentioned about a discogram who would be ordering this test and getting the results? What I think you need to do is go back and see this surgeon and work out a action plan. surgeons are there to operate but a good surgeon will treat you and come up with a game plan. Most surgeons don't jump straight to surgery unless it is so severe that more damage could result in paralysis. They will look for conservative measures of treatment. For example I see a surgeon and I am not scheduled for surgery but needed something the other day and called and he ordered it for me. He is a treating physician, even though I don't have surgery scheduled with him. But I will be following up with him in about a month, as I can't just expect him to do things without seeing me either. Now if he just wrote a opinion for SSDI then he is not a treating physician but whomever is going to order that discogram and follow-up on the brace is the treating physician. Take the paperwork in with you when you follow-up with them on the brace.
  • Dawn...any update? Any luck with new surgeon and/or back brace?
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  • sorry, but nothing new to report at this time...still have a couple of weeks to go with the brace, and as of now i'm leaning more to the it's not enough of a relief from the pain.

    --yes it helps, and at times, it drives me crazy too!


  • After dealing with my monthly visiter, and a few other major stressors lately, including 2 45 min. each way trips to visit someone in the hospital...one with and one without the brace......

    I have called the surgeons office and requested the discogram.

    The reasons for this are that even though I do get some pain relief with the brace, I do not feel that it is enough. Also, after a few hours of being in the brace, or doing activities in the brace (walking, cooking, cleaning) my legs and feet become more numb than if not wearing brace.

    So, it looks like I am back to my old question of pain, or numbness/lack of mobility?

    ---oh yeah, discogram is scheduled for april 5th.

  • it does help, and the original surgeon did not give any treatment plan, and in fact, would barely speak to me the last tome i saw him while admitted to the hospital for a massive pain flare with increasing numbness/incontiness issues. when i called the office to try and get the doctor to call me back to discuss treatment options, and his actions a the hospital, the nurse told me that i would have to schedule an office visit to see him.
    my issue with this, was why should my insurance have to pay for an office visit to get information fromthis doctor who could have taken the time to talk to me in the hospital in the first place instead of trying to run out of the room like his pants were on fire?!? (yes, he really did this!)

    so no, there is nothing that i won't follow other than a gastric bypass. (which has now been taken off the table)
    i have done injections, land therapy, pool therapy, chronic pain group therapy, many different combos of meds., nerve ablation, tens unit, more pt, more meds...and the circle/circus continues...

    yes, we often get the run around.
    a single mother of 4 children.
    -only 39, can't actually have this much pain...
    ....she must be faking...seeking attention...meds...
    ...something to this effect was actually noted i my chart by a dr at my clinic when i was desperate to be seen and my regular dr was unavailable!
    (subsequent mri showed the 2 very prominent herniations!)

    bottom line here....surgeon 1 doesn't have ability to do anything more, or doesn't want to deal with me any more (can't face his failures?)

    surgeon 2 isn't committed to operating yet...i do understand his hesitation...cleaning up after 3 failed back surgeries is daunting, and looking at up to a 4 level fusion.

    having difficulties finding adaquate pain relief in the era of no narcotics.

    ---the original form its self is not that big a deal...they will take 76 dollars of my ssdi check every month till i get it straightened out. but it is a hassle.
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  • for the discogram. I hope it helps to solve the riddle.
    You're certainly having a rough time of it.
    I have two kids and I could NOT imagine looking after them on my own.
    My heart and my thoughts go out to you.
  • Did you get your paperwork filled out? I absolutely HATE that runaround. Part of the reason is that I think some doctors use "not the treating physician" to really mean "I don't think you need this," and I want an honest answer.

    When I was out on a health issue before, nobody wanted to fill out my disability paperwork, and they all claimed they weren't the treating physicians. The GP, the person who referred me to the specialist, and the specialist all shuffled me off. ARGH!.

    But I wonder if surgeon 2 has all of your old paperwork in the file. One thing you can't expect is them to fill out paperwork without all of the information they need.

    And you also need a new PM doctor who does meds. Just sayin'.
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